Hello, I'm Dolly

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Hello, I'm Dolly
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Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 13, 1967
RecordedSeptember 1964–September 1966
StudioFred Foster Sound Studio (Nashville)
GenreCountry
Length28:55
LabelMonument
ProducerFred Foster
Dolly Parton chronology
Hello, I'm Dolly
(1967)
Just Between You and Me
(1968)
Singles from Hello, I'm Dolly
  1. "The Little Things"
    Released: June 13, 1966
  2. "Dumb Blonde"
    Released: November 14, 1966
  3. "Something Fishy"
    Released: May 15, 1967

Hello, I'm Dolly is the debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Dolly Parton. It was released on February 13, 1967, by Monument Records.[1] The album, along with its two hit singles, 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 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.[2] It was reissued on CD in 1988 as The World of Dolly Parton, Volume One.[3] The album was released as a digital download on December 4, 2015.[4]

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[5]

Following the success of Parton's singles and being signed to appear on Porter Wagoner's show, 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"."[6]

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."[7]

Commercial performance[edit]

The album peaked at No. 11 on the US Billboard Hot Country Albums chart.

The first single from the album, "The Little Things", was released in June 1966[8][9] and failed to chart. "Dumb Blonde" was released as a single in November 1966,[10][11] and gave Parton her first top 40 hit, peaking at No. 24 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. The album's third single, "Something Fishy", was released in May 1967[12][13] and peaked at No. 17 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, becoming Parton's first top 20 hit.

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 1965 and 19672:12
3."I Don't Want to Throw Rice"
  • Parton
  • Bill Owens
between 1965 and 19672:25
4."Put It Off Until Tomorrow"
  • Parton
  • Owens
April 19662:22
5."I Wasted My Tears"
  • Parton
  • Owens
September 19642:19
6."Something Fishy"PartonSeptember 23, 19662:07
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."Fuel to the Flame"
  • Parton
  • Owens
between 1965 and 19672:39
2."The Giving and the Taking"
  • Parton
  • Owens
April 19662:25
3."I'm in No Condition"Partonbetween 1965 and 19672:13
4."The Company You Keep"
  • Parton
  • Owens
between 1965 and 19672:33
5."I've Lived My Life"Lola Jean DillonSeptember 23, 19662:28
6."The Little Things"
  • Parton
  • Owens
April 19662:29

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from the album liner notes.[1]

  • 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 (1967–1968) Peak
position
US Hot Country Albums (Billboard)[14] 11

Singles

Title Year Peak
position
US
Country

[15]
"Dumb Blonde" 1966 24
"Something Fishy" 1967 17

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Title Label Ref.
Various February 13, 1967 LP Hello, I'm Dolly Monument [1]
1972 2xLP The World of Dolly Parton Monument [2]
United States 1988 CD The World of Dolly Parton, Volume One
  • Monument
  • CBS Special Products
[3]
Various December 4, 2015 Digital download Hello, I'm Dolly [4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Dolly Parton - Hello, I'm Dolly". Discogs. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Dolly Parton - The World Of Dolly Parton". Discogs. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Dolly Parton - The World Of Dolly Parton Volume One". Discogs. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Hello, I'm Dolly by Dolly Parton on Amazon Music - Amazon.com". www.amazon.com. Retrieved 24 May 2019.
  5. ^ Hello, I'm Dolly at AllMusic
  6. ^ "Billboard - October 28, 1967" (PDF). American Radio History. Billboard. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  7. ^ "Cashbox - October 28, 1967" (PDF). American Radio History. Cashbox. Retrieved 16 October 2018.
  8. ^ "Billboard - June 18, 1966" (PDF). American Radio History. Billboard. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  9. ^ "Dolly Parton - The Little Things". Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  10. ^ "Billboard - November 19, 1966" (PDF). American Radio History. Billboard. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  11. ^ "Dolly Parton - Dumb Blonde". Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  12. ^ "Billboard - May 20, 1967" (PDF). American Radio History. Billboard. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  13. ^ "Dolly Parton - Something Fishy". Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  14. ^ "Dolly Parton Top Country Albums Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 19 May 2019.
  15. ^ "Dolly Parton Hot Country Songs Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 19 May 2019.