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February 12, 2008 | From Reuters
Dolly Parton has long been willing to joke about her breasts being part of her distinguishing characteristics, but the country music icon says they are a pain in her back. Parton, 62, said Monday she would postpone her North American tour after doctors told her to take it easy for six to eight weeks to rest her sore back. "Hey, you try wagging these puppies around a while and see if you don't have back problems," the folksy singer-songwriter said in a statement. The tour was due to begin Feb. 28 in Minneapolis.
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February 27, 2014 | By Todd Martens
There's a lot of damage in the shadows when Angel Olsen says six simple words. Those words -- "I am the only one now" -- are sung at the conclusion of the first song on her new album, and they're repeated seven times. Her voice goes higher, then lower, alternately crestfallen and then revelatory. Scarred? A little. Heartbroken? That's harder to gauge. If a love song is inherently egocentric -- I feel something or other because you did something  -- then Olsen's new album "Burn Your Fire for No Witness" is about grappling with romance in an era besotted with narcissistic status updates.
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July 17, 2011 | Randy Lewis
Don't get Dolly Parton started about end-of-the-world prognosticators. The Country Music Hall of Fame member was raised and remains devoutly religious, as she demonstrated so artfully in her biblically rooted classic song "Coat of Many Colors. " But the firebrand singer, songwriter and businesswoman isn't remotely interested in giving an ounce of credence to doomsday scenarios espoused by mere mortals like Bay Area radio preacher Harold Camping. On her new album, "Better Day," Parton sounds in the first song, "In the Meantime," like she's been writing straight off the headlines Camping generated with his widely disseminated prediction that Judgment Day would come on May 21. Yet she wrote the bouncy song, which urges listeners to make the most of whatever time the human race has left rather than fretting about its obliteration, long before Camping's name was rolling off the tips of newscasters' tongues.
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November 7, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
A new perspective on L.A. country-rock band Lone Justice arrives Jan. 14 with the release of “This Is Lone Justice-The Vaught Tapes, 1983,” a collection of live-in-the-studio recordings the band made as its career was heating up. The band, fronted by singer Maria McKee, entered a Van Nuys recording studio in December 1983 with engineer David Vaught and recorded versions of a dozen of the songs that were a core part of the group's set at the...
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July 21, 2011
For the record: This listing originally stated that Dolly Parton was playing the Hollywood Bowl Saturday and Sunday. It has been corrected to show that she is actually playing Friday and Saturday. With a fresh record out and a world tour that includes her Hollywood Bowl headlining debut, the 65-year-old country veteran runs counter to the idea of surrender. She's country's ultimate can-do gal, a reputation that deepens with bright-eyed new original tunes about painting rainbows in the sky and finding satisfaction in Champagne and chocolate milk alike.
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December 26, 1985
I was happy that Dolly Parton was found not guilty of deliberately copying another writer's melody (The Times, Dec.19). Musicians know that in our half-tone chromatic scale there are only 12 different notes, and all the music in the Western World is based on that. Naturally, occasional repetition will result. When I was in high school in the 20s, we discovered that the new song, "Yes, We Have No Bananas" used the same notes as Handel's beautiful and majestic "Hallelujah" chorus.
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October 18, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Here are three words we thought we'd never hear at Pop & Hiss: “Dolly Parton raps.” But there are things that we come across -- or in this case pops up in our inbox -- so outlandish, and amazing, they can't be ignored.  Parton has parodied herself for our entertainment and it's only right we share it with the world. The country legend hasn't abandoned her throne at Dollywood to try a hand at a new career. But the Grammy-winning legend made a surprise visit to “The Queen Latifah Show” to perform a freestyle she wrote in honor in Latifah, her costar in the 2012 movie “Joyful Noise.” PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Clad in her own version of hip-hop couture -- a blond wig, chic gold chains, chunky earrings and a sleek black dress and leggings combo -- Parton delivered a spry 16 bars and looked hot in the process (too far, or no?
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March 24, 1987 | LEE MARGULIES, Times Staff Writer
Dolly Parton will star in a weekly variety series for ABC next season, the network said Monday. It will be the first variety series on one of the commercial networks since another country music singer, Barbara Mandrell, shut down her NBC show in 1982. Despite the absence of variety programming in recent years, ABC said it had given an unusual two-year commitment to "The Dolly Parton Show."
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September 28, 2008
I ENJOYED Ann Powers' article on Dolly Parton ["A Sweet '9 to 5' gig," Sept. 21]. I've read other articles and interviews that, of course, portray her as genuine and hard-working. However, this was most comprehensive in pointing out how talented she is at composing on the fly as well as dealing with male chauvinism early in her career. Mark Jones St. Petersburg, Fla.
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June 9, 1995 | ROBERT HILBURN
You know you don't really have the essential Parton when the album begins with "9 to 5." That 1980 hit made Parton a household name, but the heart of her great country vision was documented earlier in songs, such as "Coat of Many Colors," that are missing here. Alternate title: "Parton: The Pop Years."
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October 18, 2013 | By Gerrick D. Kennedy
Here are three words we thought we'd never hear at Pop & Hiss: “Dolly Parton raps.” But there are things that we come across -- or in this case pops up in our inbox -- so outlandish, and amazing, they can't be ignored.  Parton has parodied herself for our entertainment and it's only right we share it with the world. The country legend hasn't abandoned her throne at Dollywood to try a hand at a new career. But the Grammy-winning legend made a surprise visit to “The Queen Latifah Show” to perform a freestyle she wrote in honor in Latifah, her costar in the 2012 movie “Joyful Noise.” PHOTOS: Celebrities by The Times Clad in her own version of hip-hop couture -- a blond wig, chic gold chains, chunky earrings and a sleek black dress and leggings combo -- Parton delivered a spry 16 bars and looked hot in the process (too far, or no?
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April 19, 2013 | By Amy Reiter
Regardless of which singer went home Thursday on "American Idol," we knew we'd be sad to see her go. And while Janelle Arthur was as ripe for departure as any of the women in this season's Top 5, and perhaps a bit more than some, I'll surely miss her upbeat attitude, her glow, her unfailing smile, her twang and her boots. Arthur, who has been uneven of late, had stumbled on her song choices this week, especially in the diva round, when other contenders really hit their strides. As Jimmy Iovine pointed out in his assessment Thursday night, Dolly Parton was the right diva for the diminutive country singer to tackle, but she'd picked the wrong Parton song.
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December 22, 2012 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Larry L. King, a writer and playwright whose magazine article about a campaign to close down a popular bordello became the hit Broadway musical "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" and a 1982 movie starring Burt Reynolds, died Thursday. He was 83. King, who had emphysema, died at a retirement home in Washington, D.C., where he had lived for six months, said his wife, Barbara Blaine. He wrote his most famous piece, about the demise of the Chicken Ranch brothel in Texas, in 1974 for Playboy magazine.
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November 28, 2012 | By Meredith Blake
Regular viewers of “The Colbert Report” know that when musical guests drop by the show, Stephen Colbert isn't content to sit there asking question: He likes to sing along. In recent months Colbert has performed alongside Bonnie Raitt, Placido Domingo, Toby Keith, Harry Belafonte and Elvis Costello, to name just a few. So when country legend Dolly Parton sat down for a chat with Colbert to plug her new book, “Dream More,” it was all but inevitable they'd sing a duet.
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November 26, 2012 | Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week Nov. 25 - Dec. 1 in PDF format This week's TV Movies   CBS This Morning Baseball player R.A. Dickey; Larry Fink, BlackRock. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Warren Buffett; Scarlett Johansson; Phillip Phillips performs. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America Dolly Parton performs; Donald Driver; performance by the Muppets. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Live With Kelly and Michael Helen Hunt; Bryan Adams performs.
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September 6, 2012 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
Amiable and upbeat though it is, the documentary "Hollywood to Dollywood" lacks a compelling reason to see it. Unless you are a Dolly Parton zealot, which its two protagonists definitely are. Twin brothers Gary and Larry Lane, originally from a small town in North Carolina but now bona-fide Hollywood residents, are devoted to Parton, both as a performer and as a nonjudgmental source of inspiration. The twins are gay, but unlike Parton, their religious mother apparently does not accept them the way they are. For the last four years, they have put their "heart and soul" into a movie about their life, and they are bound and determined to have Ms. Parton star in it. So they and Gary's partner, Mike Bowen, rent a massive RV they nickname Jolene and take off on a 2,200-mile, eight-state road trip down Interstate 40. Their destination?
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December 21, 1990 | CHRIS WILLMAN
"Whether the snow is real or manufactured, there's nothing artificial" about the joy of Christmas, Dolly Parton explains, standing outside a Tennessee church locale that's been flooded with ersatz white stuff for her new TV special, "Dolly Parton: Christmas at Home" (tonight at 9 on Channels 7, 3, 10 and 42).
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January 17, 1993 | Steve Hochman
Ever wonder what a songwriter makes for a hit song? You could ask Dolly Parton, but she's too busy counting the money coming in from "I Will Always Love You," the song that she wrote and first recorded in the early '70s and that's now setting sales records for the version by Whitney Houston featured in the movie "The Bodyguard."
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September 16, 2011 | By Gary Goldstein
Writer-producer-director-editor Bryan Michael Stoller's labored family comedy "First Dog" tells the potentially fun story of Danny (John-Paul Howard), a foster child befriended by the president's missing dog, Teddy. The film, though, quickly becomes mired in half-baked obstacles and awkwardly staged set pieces as Danny travels alone from California to Washington, D.C., to return Teddy to the White House. En route, Danny catches rides with rowdy teens, Paula Nelson's (Willie's daughter)
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August 26, 2011
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