500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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Dolly Parton, 'Jolene'

219. Dolly Parton, 'Jolene'

Writer: Parton
Bob Ferguson
Jan. '74, RCA
8 weeks; No. 60

When Parton recorded "Jolene" in 1974, she was chiefly known as Porter Wagoner's TV partner, although she had written the hit "Coat of Many Colors." "Jolene" showed how she could put her stamp on traditional country, buffing an old-time-y groove and belting a tale of romantic rivalry. It became a Number One country single and has been covered with extra menace by the White Stripes.

Appears on: Jolene (Buddha/BMG)


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