Hello, I'm Dolly

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Hello, I'm Dolly
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 18, 1967
Recorded1964–1966
StudioFred Foster Sound Studio (Nashville)
GenreCountry
Length28:55
LabelMonument
ProducerFred Foster
Dolly Parton chronology
Hits Made Famous by Country Queens
(1963)
Hello, I'm Dolly
(1967)
Just Between You and Me
(1968)
Singles from Hello, I'm Dolly
  1. "The Little Things"
    Released: June 6, 1966
  2. "Dumb Blonde"
    Released: November 7, 1966
  3. "Something Fishy"
    Released: May 8, 1967

Hello, I'm Dolly is the debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Dolly Parton. It was released on September 18, 1967,[1][2] by Monument Records. The album's two hit singles are largely credited with bringing Parton to the attention of Porter Wagoner, who, in September 1967, would invite Parton to join his band and appear on his weekly television show.

The album was reissued by Monument in 1972 as a two LP set with 1970's As Long as I Love under the title The World of Dolly Parton. It was reissued on CD in 1988 as The World of Dolly Parton, Volume One. The album was released as a digital download on December 4, 2015.

Content[edit]

The album contains Parton's versions of three songs she had written that had already been hits for other artists; "Put It Off Until Tomorrow" (Bill Phillips), "Fuel to the Flame" (Skeeter Davis), and "I'm in No Condition" (Hank Williams Jr.).

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[3]

Billboard published a review of the album in the issue dated October 28, 1967, saying, "Dolly Parton has a little girl voice but it's Lolita in style on the honky-tonking, carousing "Dumb Blonde". She also does extremely well on "I Wasted My Tears", "I Don't Want to Throw Rice", Something Fishy" and "Fuel to the Flame"."[4]

Cashbox published a review which said, "Dolly Parton could have a big winner in her possession with this striking album. Singing at the top of her form throughout the entire set, the lark offers "Dumb Blonde", "Put It Off Until Tomorrow", "Fuel to the Flame", "The Giving and the Taking", and eight others. Give this one a careful listen. It should pull in a healthy amount of chart action."[5]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album debuted at number 43 on the Billboard Hot Country Albums chart dated November 11, 1967. It peak at number 11 on January 13, 1968, its tenth week on the chart. The album charted for a total of 14 weeks.

The first single from the album, "The Little Things", was released in June 1966[6] and failed to chart. "Dumb Blonde" was released as a single in November 1966[7] and gave Parton her first top 40 hit, peaking at number 24 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. The album's third single, "Something Fishy", was released in May 1967[8] and peaked at number 17 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, becoming Parton's first top 20 hit.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Dumb Blonde"Curly Putman2:27
2."Your Ole Handy Man"Dolly Parton2:12
3."I Don't Want to Throw Rice"
  • Parton
  • Bill Owens
2:25
4."Put It Off Until Tomorrow"
  • Parton
  • Owens
2:22
5."I Wasted My Tears"
  • Parton
  • Owens
2:19
6."Something Fishy"Parton2:07
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Fuel to the Flame"
  • Parton
  • Owens
2:39
2."The Giving and the Taking"
  • Parton
  • Owens
2:25
3."I'm in No Condition"Parton2:13
4."The Company You Keep"
  • Parton
  • Owens
2:33
5."I've Lived My Life"Lola Jean Dillon2:28
6."The Little Things"
  • Parton
  • Owens
2:29

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from the album liner notes.

  • Fred Foster – producer, liner notes, photography
  • Ken Kim – art direction
  • Dolly Parton – lead vocals
  • Tommy Strong – technical engineer
  • Mort Thomasson – recording engineer

Charts[edit]

Album

Chart (1968) Peak
position
US Hot Country Albums (Billboard)[9] 11

Singles

Title Year Peak
position
US
Country

[10]
"Dumb Blonde" 1966 24
"Something Fishy" 1967 17

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Title Label Ref.
Various September 18, 1967[1][2] LP Hello, I'm Dolly Monument [11]
1972 2xLP The World of Dolly Parton Monument [12]
United States 1988 CD The World of Dolly Parton, Volume One
  • Monument
  • CBS Special Products
[13]
Various December 4, 2015 Digital download Hello, I'm Dolly
[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Monument Issues 9 New LPs" (PDF). American Radio History. Record World. October 7, 1967. p. 20. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Monument LP Release Set" (PDF). American Radio History. Cash Box. September 30, 1967. p. 58. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  3. ^ Hello, I'm Dolly at AllMusic
  4. ^ "Album Reviews" (PDF). American Radio History. Billboard. October 28, 1967. p. 120. Retrieved November 19, 2019.
  5. ^ "Country LP Reviews" (PDF). American Radio History. Billboard. October 28, 1967. p. 50. Retrieved November 19, 2019.
  6. ^ "Spotlight Singles" (PDF). American Radio History. Billboard. June 18, 1966. p. 16. Retrieved November 19, 2019.
  7. ^ "Spotlight Singles" (PDF). American Radio History. Billboard. November 19, 1966. p. 20. Retrieved November 19, 2019.
  8. ^ "Spotlight Singles" (PDF). American Radio History. Billboard. May 20, 1967. p. 18. Retrieved November 19, 2019.
  9. ^ "Dolly Parton Chart History (Top Country Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved May 19, 2019.
  10. ^ "Dolly Parton Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Dolly Parton - Hello, I'm Dolly". Discogs. Retrieved November 19, 2019.
  12. ^ "Dolly Parton - The World Of Dolly Parton". Discogs. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  13. ^ "Dolly Parton - The World Of Dolly Parton Volume One". Discogs. Retrieved May 24, 2019.
  14. ^ "Hello, I'm Dolly by Dolly Parton on Amazon Music - Amazon.com". www.amazon.com. Retrieved May 24, 2019.