Jolene (album)

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Studio album by Dolly Parton
Released February 27, 1974
Recorded RCA Studios, Nashville, June 1973
Genre Country
Length 24:39
Label RCA
Producer Bob Ferguson
Dolly Parton chronology
Bubbling Over
Love Is Like a Butterfly
Singles from Jolene
  1. "Jolene"
    Released: November 3, 1973
  2. "I Will Always Love You"
    Released: April 6, 1974
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Music Box 3.5/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau B−[3]
Uncut 5/5 stars[4]

Jolene is Dolly Parton's 13th 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. 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. In 1992, Whitney Houston's version of "I Will Always Love You" was a mega-hit pop ballad.

Two of the album's songs had been released on previous Parton albums: "Early Morning Breeze" was a remixed version of a recording which had first appeared on 1971's Coat of Many Colors album (the Jolene version was remixed to more prominently feature the bass and electric steel), while "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]

All tracks written by Dolly Parton except as noted. 

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Jolene"   2:43
2. "When Someone Wants to Leave"   2:06
3. "River of Happiness"   2:19
4. "Early Morning Breeze"   2:45
5. "Highlight of My Life"   2:18
Side two
No. Title Length
6. "I Will Always Love You"   2:56
7. "Randy"   1:53
8. "Living on Memories of You"   2:47
9. "Lonely Comin' Down" (Porter Wagoner) 3:13
10. "It Must Be You" (Blaise Tosti) 1:52



  1. ^ Jolene (album) 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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