10 Classic Country Albums Turning 50 This Year

From Johnny Cash's 'At Folsom Prison' to Dolly Parton's 'Just Because I'm a Woman'

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Dolly Parton, 'Just Because I'm a Woman'
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Dolly Parton, 'Just Because I'm a Woman'

On her second album, and first for RCA, Dolly Parton presents herself as a worldly woman, intimate with the strategies she may need to get by in a world run by men. She puts on her makeup and puts on a front. She wishes her husband made her feel as good as her lover does. She marries for money in "I'll Oilwells Love You," then steps in to save a "Baby Sister" from selling herself in some tavern. The bulk of the material here is written by such Nashville masters as Curly Putman and Harlan Howard. But the album's best songs – "The Bridge," which echoes "Ode to Billie Joe" and anticipates Dolly's own "Down From Dover"; and the title track, where she argues for a woman's equal right to fuck up – are credited, even this early, to "Dolly Parton."

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