Dolly Parton turns 70: The humble origins of the queen of country

January 19, 2016 1:05 PM

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After graduating high school, Parton moved to Nashville and worked as a songwriter, eventually signing with Monument Records in 1965.

In 1967, she joined with country entertainer Porter Wagoner on his television and road shows, and signed with his label. The two released several successful duets, and were named 1968 Vocal Group of the Year by the Country Music Association, but Parton’s solo efforts failed to find an audience.

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