Jolene (album)

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Jolene (Dolly Parton album - cover art).jpg
Studio album by Dolly Parton
Released February 2, 1974
Recorded January 12, 1972 - December 26, 1973
Studio RCA Studios, Nashville
Genre Country
Length 24:39
Label RCA Records
Producer Bob Ferguson
Dolly Parton chronology
Bubbling Over
(1973)Bubbling Over1973
Love Is Like a Butterfly
(1974)Love Is Like a Butterfly1974
Singles from Jolene
  1. "Jolene"
    Released: November 3, 1973
  2. "I Will Always Love You"
    Released: April 6, 1974
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Music Box3.5/5 stars[2]
Robert ChristgauB−[3]
Uncut5/5 stars[4]

Jolene is Dolly Parton's thirteenth solo studio album, produced by Bob Ferguson. It was released by RCA Records in February 1974.

The title track, "Jolene", tells the tale of a housewife confronting a beautiful seductress who she believes is having an affair with her husband. It became Parton's second solo number-one country single; it also was a moderate pop hit for her, and also did well in the United Kingdom. Since downloads were introduced to the Official Chart in 2005, it’s amassed 255,300 downloads – and 6.68 million streams. [5]

It has been covered by numerous performers.

The album was released around the time Parton was embarking on a solo career, after having spent seven years as part of Porter Wagoner's weekly TV series and road show, and one of the album's songs, "I Will Always Love You", was reportedly written to express the remorse Parton felt over the professional breakup. Released as the album's second single, it also became a number-one country single.

"Early Morning Breeze" is a re-recording of a song which previously appeared on 1971's Coat of Many Colors. "Lonely Coming Down" had first appeared on Parton's Wagoner tribute album, My Favorite Songwriter, Porter Wagoner, from 1972.

Another re-issue was released in conjunction with Dolly's 2007 European Tour along with two other older out-of-print albums. This re-issue included additional previously unreleased songs.

In 2010, Sony Music reissued the 2007 CD Jolene in a triple-feature CD set with Coat of Many Colors and My Tennessee Mountain Home and they have never been out of print.

Track listing[edit]

Recording dates adapted from CD liner notes.

All tracks written by Dolly Parton except where noted.

Side one
No.TitleRecording dateLength
1."Jolene"May 22, 19732:43
2."When Someone Wants to Leave"December 26, 19732:06
3."River of Happiness"December 26, 19732:19
4."Early Morning Breeze"December 26, 19732:45
5."Highlight of My Life"December 3, 19732:18
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
6."I Will Always Love You" June 12, 19732:56
7."Randy" December 26, 19731:53
8."Living on Memories of You" December 26, 19732:47
9."Lonely Comin' Down"Porter WagonerMay 3, 19723:13
10."It Must Be You"Blaise TostiJanuary 12, 19721:52



  1. ^ Jolene at AllMusic
  2. ^ John Metzger (2007-07-08). "Dolly Parton – Jolene (Album Review)". Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  3. ^ "CG: dolly parton". Robert Christgau. 2007-06-14. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  4. ^ Alastair McKay Uncut, May 2007, Issue 120
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