As Dolly sees it, “If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain.” She’s seen both but recently the icon of classic country is standing under one of her biggest rainbows ever–a place in the Guinness World Records 2018 Edition.
She earned the record for the Most Decades with a Top 20 hit on Billboard’s Top Country Songs Chart and Most Hits on Billboard’s Top Country Songs Chart by a female artist. She’s the only artist to enjoy Top 20 hits over the span of six consecutive decades.
Dolly’s is proud but also humbled, to take her place among country music’s world records. She spoke of her work with Porter Wagner as one of the driving forces in her career and referred to their blending of sound as that of a brother and sister.
Dolly sees her success as the result of much hard work to back up her talent. And she’s thankful for the many people who came alongside to help shape her career. She says she writes and sings from her heart, although she also remains alert to what’s current and trendy.
Dolly’s Rainbow-Filled Career
Dolly has enjoyed many other rainbows. She made her debut on the Grand Ole Opry in 1959, at the age of thirteen. In 1999, she was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and in 2001 she was added to the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame. She received the Kennedy Center Honors in 2006 for her lifetime contribution to American culture.
Dolly’s favorite song, personally, is “Coat of Many Colors” because it speaks of her childhood and carries an anti-bullying message for today. The song she loves to perform the most is “I Will Always Love You.”
Dolly does more than just sing. She created Dolly’s Imagination Library which gives books to children from birth to kindergarten. She says she would love to win a world record for giving away the most books. Currently, she has helped to place over 100 million books into the hands of children, worldwide.
Have you shared Dolly with your grandchildren? If she’s part of your history, it’s the perfect time to introduce her. Her example of dedication and hard work are worth emulating.