Hello, I'm Dolly

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Hello, I'm Dolly
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Studio album by Dolly Parton
Released February 13, 1967
Recorded September 1964–September 1966
Monument Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennessee
Genre Country
Length 29:14
Label Monument
Producer Fred Foster
Dolly Parton chronology
Hello, I'm Dolly
(1967)
Just Because I'm a Woman
(1968)Just Because I'm a Woman1968
Singles from Hello, I'm Dolly
  1. "Dumb Blonde" / "The Giving and the Taking"
    Released: November 1966
  2. "Something Fishy" / "I've Lived My Life"
    Released: May 1967
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [1]

Hello, I'm Dolly was Dolly Parton's 1967 debut album.

Album information[edit]

Parton had previously contributed tracks to a 1963 Kitty Wells / Patsy Cline tribute album, but Hello, I'm Dolly represented her first full-length album. It contained Parton's hits "Dumb Blonde" (written by Curly Putman) and "Something Fishy" (written by Parton), both of which reached the top twenty on the U.S. country singles charts, and the album itself reached #11 on the country albums chart, a remarkable achievement, considering that Parton was largely an unknown at that point.

The album (along with its two hit singles, which received a considerable amount of airplay) is largely credited with bringing Parton to the attention of Porter Wagoner, who, in late 1967, would invite Parton to join his band and appear on his weekly television show.

The album contains Parton's versions of three songs she wrote that had already been hits for others by the time her debut album appeared: "Put it Off Until Tomorrow" (a hit for Bill Phillips), "Fuel to the Flame" which had been a hit for Skeeter Davis, and "I'm in No Condition" which charted in a version by Hank Williams Jr., although it was not a major hit.

Though she released a number of singles during her two-year tenure with Monument (1965–67), Hello, I'm Dolly was her only original album released during her time with the label. Shortly after its release, she joined Porter Wagoner's organization (appearing on his road show and his weekly syndicated television series), and signed with his label RCA Victor.

Monument released an album of unreleased/non LP Parton tracks, As Long As I Love, in 1970.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."Dumb Blonde"Curly PutmanSeptember 23, 19662:27
2."Your Ole Handy Man"Dolly Partonbetween 1964 and 19662:08
3."I Don't Want to Throw Rice"Parton, Bill Owensbetween 1964 and 19662:24
4."Put It Off Until Tomorrow"Parton, OwensApril 19662:25
5."I Wasted My Tears"Parton, OwensSeptember 19642:18
6."Something Fishy"PartonSeptember 23, 19662:07
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
7."Fuel to the Flame"Parton, Owensbetween 1964 and 19662:39
8."The Giving and the Taking"Parton, OwensApril 19662:25
9."I'm in No Condition"Partonbetween 1964 and 19662:13
10."The Company You Keep"Parton, Owensbetween 1964 and 19662:33
11."I've Lived My Life"Lola Jean DillonSeptember 23, 19662:28
12."The Little Things"Parton, OwensApril 19662:29

Re-releases[edit]

In 1972, it was re-released along with As Long As I Love, as The World of Dolly Parton, a 2-LP set containing both albums.

In 1975, that collection was reissued as Hello, I'm Dolly/As Long as I Love.

In 1978, Monument released In the Beginning, a single album of selected tracks from the two albums.

In 1988, The World of Dolly Parton was reissued as two single-disc CDs (issued as Volume 1 and Volume 2).

In 1992, both volumes had been released on CD titled "As Long As I Love," issued by Sony Special Products in Holland.

In 1993, Hello, I'm Dolly, and As Long As I Love were issued on one CD titled The World of Dolly Parton in the UK.

On December 4, 2015, Hello, I'm Dolly was released to all digital music retailers.

Chart position[edit]

Chart (1967) Peak
Position
U.S. Top Country Albums (Billboard)[1] 11

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Billboard Hot Country LP's. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 20 January 1968. pp. 49–. ISSN 0006-2510.