Randy Parton

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Randy Parton
Birth name Randel Huston Parton
Born (1953-12-15) December 15, 1953 (age 61)
Origin Sevierville, Tennessee
Genres Country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, actor, businessman
Labels RCA

Randy Parton (born December 15, 1953) is an American singer-songwriter, actor and businessman, best known as the brother of Dolly Parton and Stella Parton. Born in Sevierville, Tennessee, Parton is the eighth of twelve children born to father, Robert Lee Parton Sr. and mother, Avie Lee Caroline Owens. His siblings are Willadeene Parton (a poet, b. 1940), David Parton (b. 1942), Denver Parton (b. 1943), Dolly Rebecca Parton (singer-songwriter and actress, b. 1946), Bobby Lee Parton (b. 1948), Stella Parton (singer-songwriter, b. 1949), Cassie Parton (singer, b. 1951), Larry G. Parton (b. 1955, d. 1955), twins Floyd Parton (a singer-songwriter, b. 1957), Freida Parton (a singer, b. 1957), and Rachel (née Parton) Dennison (an actress, b. 1959).[1] His sister Dolly Parton has stated in interviews that to her knowledge her father had strayed at least once or twice and fathered three other illegitimate children. He is also distant cousins with adult film actress Julia Parton.

He sang a song in 1984 for the Rhinestone soundtrack, which his sister Dolly starred in.

He also played bass for his sister.[2]

He is also known for the theater that once bore his name in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. In 2007, Parton signed a deal worth over $1.5 million yearly to manage and perform in a new theater bearing his name in the Carolina Crossroads entertainment and shopping complex.[3]

The relationship between Parton and the city soured as the theater struggled to attract customers[4] and questions arose concerning Parton's use of a nearly $3 million fund for personal travel and entertainment.[5] Parton was also questioned by city leaders for unauthorized events held at the theater including a wedding reception for his daughter along with details about who would be marketing the theater.[6] Throughout the controversy, Parton maintained that his actions were within the contract and that the theater would be successful given time.[7] Parton's contract with the city was terminated on January 8, 2008 and the theater was renamed the Roanoke Rapids Theater.[8] The city took over the theater and in July 2012 voted to allow electronic gambling to help pay expenses and possibly attract a buyer.[2]

Discography[edit]

Year Single Peak chart
positions
US Country[9]
1981 "Hold Me Like You Never Had Me" 30
"Shot Full of Love" 30
"Don't Cry Baby" 80
1982 "Oh, No" 76
1983 "A Stranger in Her Bed" 92

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.smokykin.com/ged/f004/f84/a0048420.htm
  2. ^ a b Thomas, Goldsmith (July 13, 2012). "Roanoke Rapids OKs electronic gambling at landmark theater". News & Observer. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  3. ^ Carrington, Don (April 25, 2007). "Parton to Get $1.5 Million Per Year". Carolina Journal. Retrieved 2008-05-02. 
  4. ^ "Randy Partons Divorce". News and Observer. Retrieved 2008-01-20. [dead link]
  5. ^ "N.C. town finds in Parton brother a tale of woe". Baltimore Sun. Dec 23, 2007. Retrieved 2008-01-20. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Documents reveal Parton, advisers expected the city to market the theater". Roanoke Daily Herald. Retrieved 2008-01-20. 
  7. ^ "Randy Parton press conference". YouTube. Retrieved 2008-05-02. 
  8. ^ "Randy Parton Theater Officially Changed To Roanoke Rapids Theater". WITN. Retrieved 2008-01-20. 
  9. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 318. ISBN 0-89820-177-2. 

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