Dolly Parton Shares the Origin Story of Her Biggest Assets

-We have so much to get into,
so much to talk about. I want to talk about both
the specials. But I want to talk about
your Instagram, because you’ve been crushing it. If you don’t follow Dolly
on Instagram, there’s something wrong
with you. You really should.
It’s really great. Your throwbacks
have been amazing. Your Throwback Thursdays.
Here’s one of you. It says, “Squad goals.” It’s you, Oprah, Carol Burnett,
and Julie Andrews. -Oh, look at us.
That was a long time ago. -Oprah is throwing the horns. -Well, I don’t —
I’m still horny. I don’t know if they are.
-Yeah. You are still —
Yeah, you’re still horny. I love it.
-That’s a great picture. -You’re unbelievable.
You’re awesome. Do you remember where this was
and what this was? -You know, I really don’t
remember exactly what that was for,
but it must have been some special we were doing
with the greats. We must have —
I don’t know for sure. They showed that to me.
I remember all them, of course. We’ve worked at different times
and different places. But I just cannot remember when
we took that picture. And I didn’t know they
were doing that behind our backs either. -They’re very funny.
-Yeah. -You’re coming out with your
own line of perfume, I know, and, like, different
products and stuff. -Oh, yeah. Actually, we are. We’re going to do wigs
and we’re going to do skin care and all that kind of stuff. But I’m really excited
about the perfume. -So we can smell
like Dolly Parton. -Well, they can, ’cause people
kind of follow me down the street, you know, wanting to know
what I’m wearing, ’cause they love the smell. So I’ve kind of — I’m going to
develop my own scent. I don’t know what
I’m going to call it. Maybe just Dolly.
I don’t know yet. -What does Dolly Parton
smell like? -Well, why don’t you come over
here and see. [ Cheers and applause ] Come on. Get over here.
♪♪ [ Laughs ]
How did you like it? You was all over me
the last time. -Tell me more. Tell me more.
I got to buy this. Yeah, yeah, yeah.
I want it for me. -I got a buzz off of that. Let me tell you, girls,
you never get too old to dream or fantasize. I felt that one.
I felt that one. -You did feel that one?
-He was blowing in my ear. -Well, I got to talk to you
about this NBC special. It’s “50 Years at
Grand Ole Opry.” -Yeah.
-That is unbelievable. It’s been 50 years.
-I know, It’s amazing. And I’ll never forget, you know,
when I got to be a member. That was always my dream
when I was kid was to be on the Grand Ole Opry. And when they said,
“You got to celebrate 50 years,” I thought, “I’m not even
50 years old.” -Exactly. Exactly. -No, but it’s like — It was
just amazing to think that I have been a member of the
Grand Ole Opry for 50 years. And so, of course,
we had to do a special. We have a lot of wonderful
artists that performed. -How do you even choose
the songs? I mean, you have, like — You’ve
written like over 3,000 songs. -Well, I only chose
my main ones. I did like a 30-minute segment. But we had other artists
featured — not just on my songs,
but their songs, as well. So, they did it at
the new auditorium, the new Opry. But I went back to the old Ryman
and did a lot of narration, narration to kind of go back and
forth to the things. I sing a Hank Williams Sr. song,
“I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,” a cappella, at the old Opry. Yeah. So I kind of tell stories
about the old — of the old days when I started. And they show a lot of footage and pictures of the old days. And then we go back
to the new Opry. -And you do the hits.
You do, like, “9 to 5”? -Yeah, actually, I started out
with “9 to 5.” -You got to do “9 to 5,” yeah. I mean, I love —
That’s a classic. -I know. I love that, too. -You’ve got to give them
the hits, right? -I know, ’cause that’s the
one we have to — you know, we started out
with a bang. You guys know “9 to 5”?
[ Cheers and applause ] You know “9 to 5”? You want to sing a little bit
of that with me, “9 to 5”? -I’d love to sing
a little bit, yeah. -Okay.
♪♪ ♪ Well, I tumble outta bed
and stumble to the kitchen ♪ ♪ Pour myself
a cup of ambition ♪ ♪ Yawn and stretch and try
to come to life ♪ ♪ Well, I jump in the shower, and the blood starts pumpin’ ♪ ♪ Out on the streets,
the traffic starts jumpin’ ♪ ♪ With folks like me on the job
from 9:00 to 5:00 ♪ -You’ll know this part now. ♪ Workin’ 9:00 to 5:00 ♪ ♪ What a way to make a living ♪ ♪ Barely gettin –♪ -What is this part, though?
What was this? Hey, hold on, Roots.
-Hold on. -What was this part? -When I actually wrote this
song, I actually had — I used my acrylic nails on the
set when I was writing it. I did, because they make noise, and it sounded like
a typewriter to me. And can you hear here?
I can play it in one of these. -Yeah, that’s perfect.
Oh, my God. I’ve never heard anyone play
their nails before. -And I actually played it — I
played it on the actual record, and it says, “Nails by Dolly”
on the album. But, anyway, thank you guys.
You know that one. It was fun. -If you open with that,
what do you close with? -Well, I actually do a little
bit of “I Will Always Love You.” -Oh, you have to do that. -That’s the way I close
all my shows and have for many, many years. And I say to my fans,
“This is a song about love, and, you know,
it’s very important to me.” -It’s, like, the greatest love
song in the world. -It’s one of them. -It actually wasn’t even
about love, really, when you first wrote it. -Well, no, it was about love,
but when I wrote it — I worked with a man named
Porter Wagoner for years, and I started out
on his TV show. And, so, I had said,
when I started, that I’d stay for five years, but I wanted to have
my own career. And, so, when the time came,
we were very successful. And I wanted to go,
and he didn’t want me to go. And we fought a lot,
anyway, ’cause I was stubborn, and he was stubborn. And it was one of
those love/hate relationships. -Sure. -So, anyway,
he wasn’t hearing of it, and it was just
breaking my heart. So, I went home
and I wrote this song. So, the next morning,
I went down and I said, “Porter, sit down. I want to sing you a song.” So I started singing it.
He started crying. He said, “Well, you can go
if I can produce that song.” So he did,
and the rest was history. -Oh, my gosh. -But I always close my
shows with it. -I think — But you were —
Before you were Dolly Parton, we all know you,
I think you were always a famous local celebrity,
weren’t you? -Yeah, I actually started
singing on local radio and television
before we even owned a TV. But from the time I was 10 till
I was like 13, you know, 14, you know, I was doing that. So I was like a little local
celebrity then. -Really?
-Yeah. -And what would you do?
What was it like being — -Well, it was fun
’cause everybody knew me. We were still poor,
but, you know, being on TV, people just think you’re rich. They paid me like about $15.
$12, $15 a week. And, so, I would always take
my mom and my sisters up to Gatlinburg, Tennessee. That’s a wonderful little town. And I’d take them up to the
Pancake House to eat. And, so, can I tell you a story, something fun
that happened about that? ‘Cause once, when I
took them up there, we were in the restaurant. And, so, we were
having our meal, and this old man
came over to our table. And he sat down
and he was just talking to us. And we were all laughing.
We didn’t know him. And we just — You know,
we were all just kind of — And then, so, he finally —
He left, and we finished. So, I went up to
the pay the bill, and the man said,
“Well, your grandpa left his bill here, too.” I said, “My grandpa?” So that old man had come over
and kind of scammed us. And so I said,
“Well, that was not my grandpa.” But I paid it, of course. So when we left,
I walked down the street, and he was standing there
at the light. And, you know,
we walked to the corner. And, so, I went over to him. I said, “Hey, I would have been
happy, you know, to have paid your bill.” You know, I said, “But telling
them you’re my grandpa…” And he took his
walking stick and he started just beating me across
the chest, I mean,
just as hard as he could. Just wham, wham,
wham, wham, wham! And it hurt.
-Oh, my gosh! -I know.
-Really? But then what happened? -What do you mean what happened? These two big lumps came up, and they never did go down. [ Cheers and applause ]
Gotcha! ♪♪ -[ Laughing ] Oh, my God! -You fell for that.
-Is that a true story? -Jimmy… You dumb-ass.
You don’t analyze a joke. Where’s my walking stick? -We have more with Dolly Parton
when we come back, everybody.

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