Dolly, Dolly, Dolly

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Dolly, Dolly, Dolly
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 14, 1980
RecordedLos Angeles, 1979-1980
GenreCountry Pop
LabelRCA Records
ProducerGary Klein
Dolly Parton chronology
Great Balls of Fire
Dolly, Dolly, Dolly
Porter & Dolly
Singles from Dolly, Dolly, Dolly
  1. "Starting Over Again"
    Released: March 22, 1980
  2. "Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You"
    Released: July 19, 1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

Dolly, Dolly, Dolly is the twenty-second solo studio album by Dolly Parton. It was released on April 14, 1980, by RCA Records. Coming at the height of her late 1970s-1980s quest for pop success, the album was her least traditional country-sounding album to that point, with a number of songs bordering on disco. Though the album's two singles, "Starting Over Again" (written by Donna Summer and Bruce Sudano) and "Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You" topped the U.S. country charts ("Starting Over Again" also hit #36 on the pop charts), the album is generally regarded by critics, as well as Parton's fans, as one of the least satisfying albums of her career; it was almost universally panned at the time of its release; of the major press, only People Magazine reviewed it favorably. The album was noteworthy for being one of the only Parton albums to that point not to include a single of her own compositions; it was composed entirely of covers.

In 2007, the album was re-issused in the UK as a "two-fer", along with 1979's Great Balls of Fire, marking the first time it was available on CD. Sony released it as a solo CD in 2007.

Track listing[edit]

1."Starting Over Again"Donna Summer, Bruce Sudano3:55
2."Same Old Fool"Glenn Sutton, Greg Leroy, Jim Helmer3:20
3."Old Flames Can't Hold a Candle to You"Pebe Sebert, Hugh Moffatt3:28
4."You're the Only One I Ever Needed"Robbie Patton, Linda Mallah2:57
5."Say Goodnight"Gary Portnoy, Susan Sheridan4:04
6."Fool For Your Love"Michael Omartian, Leo Sayer3:05
7."Even a Fool Would Let Go"Tom Snow, Kerry Chater3:18
8."Sweet Agony"David Wolfert, Susan Sheridan3:40
9."I Knew You When"Rupert Holmes3:10
10."Packin' It Up"Sandy Farina, Lisa Ratner3:30

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak
Canadian RPM Country Albums[citation needed] 1
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums[2] 7
U.S. Billboard 200[2] 71


  • Eddie Anderson – drums
  • Anita Ball – vocals
  • Jeff Baxter – guitar
  • George Bohanon – horn
  • Alexandra Brown – vocals
  • Lenny Castro - percussion
  • Steve Cropper – guitar
  • Nick DeCaro-String & vocal arranger
  • Denise DeCaro – background vocals & vocal contractor
  • Frank DeCaro – music contractor
  • Richard Dennison – vocals
  • Nathan East – bass guitar
  • Chuck Findley – horn
  • Roy Galloway – vocals
  • Gary Grant – horn
  • Jay Graydon – guitar
  • William "Bill" Greene – vocals
  • Gary Herbig – horn
  • Jim Horn – horn
  • Dick Hyde – trombone
  • Abraham Laboriel – bass guitar
  • Albert Lee – guitar
  • Joe McGuffee – guitar
  • Terry McMillan – harmonica
  • Gene Morford – vocals
  • Ron Oates – keyboards
  • Dolly Parton – vocals
  • Gregg Perry – piano
  • Jim Salestrom – vocals
  • Tom Saviano – horn
  • Tom Scott – horn
  • Michael Severs – guitar
  • Leland Sklar – bass guitar
  • Buddy Spicher – violin
  • Stephanie Spruill – vocals
  • Fred Tackett – guitar
  • Red Young – keyboards


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