‘It was a natural thing’: Dolly Parton praises mum for encouraging music career

Sep 26, 2020
Dolly Parton said it was her mother who encouraged her to pursue a career in the music industry. Source: Getty

Famous singer-songwriter Dolly Parton has praised her mum for encouraging her to pursue a music career, as a throwback video from the 1970s of the talented performer remerges into the spotlight.

The 74-year-old recently spoke to publication People about her life to date and the influence her family has had on her career. She said all her mother’s people were very musical and from there it became a huge part of her life.

“That was just part of my being and I just knew I loved it. I just continued doing that, it was just a natural thing,” Dolly told People. “I just knew it was something that made me feel good, and it felt right, that it was me.”

Meanwhile, a People exclusive clip featured in Time Life’s Dolly: The Ultimate Collection has also been released to the public, and it shows just how much Dolly’s family means to her. In the clip the singer welcomes her family – including her parents and seven of her siblings – on stage during her 1970s variety show Dolly to perform a rendition of the Christmas hymn ‘In the Sweet By and By’.

Dolly wears a beautiful sky blue dress in the footage as she addresses her fans and says: “Most of the folks that you see behind me are my brothers and sisters, and the two folks responsible for all of us: my mum and daddy”.

The video then returns to Dolly speaking today about the loss of her family over the years and the memories that she still holds close to her heart.

“I’ve lost a lot of my family now,” she said. “Mum and dad aren’t here anymore and some other family members, but I always think of that song we used to sing.”

In 2018, Dolly’s younger brother Floyd sadly passed away at the age of 61. In celebration of the talented musician’s life, Dolly and her family all joined forced to sing on of his top songs, ‘Rocking Years’, at a private memorial service in Tennessee.


“Dolly, and the entire Parton Family, wish to thank everyone for their kindness,” the statement, which was shared on Dolly’s Instagram page at the time, read. “Yesterday, we laid our sweet baby brother to rest. We all sang his lovely song, ‘Rockin’ Years’, together as a family at the service to say goodbye to him. He lived a short life of love and beautiful songs.”

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