Those Were the Days (Dolly Parton album)

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Those Were the Days
Studio album by Dolly Parton
Released October 11, 2005
Recorded Nashville, 2005
Genre Country
Label Blue Eye/Sugar Hill
Producer Dolly PartonDolly Parton
Dolly Parton chronology
For God and Country
(2003)For God and Country2003
Those Were the Days
Backwoods Barbie
(2008)Backwoods Barbie2008
Singles from Those Were the Days
  1. "Imagine featuring David Foster"
    Released: September 13, 2005
  2. "The Twelfth of Never featuring Keith Urban"
    Released: November 5, 2005
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Those Were the Days is the 39th studio album by Dolly Parton, released on October 11, 2005. The title comes from the first song on the album, and features Parton singing 1960s and 1970s folk and pop songs in a bluegrass fashion with some of the artists who originally recorded those songs. The album's selections were featured on Parton's concurrent Vintage Tour.

Guest artists[edit]

Artists lending their vocals or musicianship to the album included Judy Collins, Jan Howard, Roger McGuinn, Nickel Creek, Rhonda Vincent, Mindy Smith, Kris Kristofferson, Mary Hopkin, Keith Urban, Lee Ann Womack, Yusuf Islam (formerly known as Cat Stevens), and Alison Krauss. Parton told Jon Stewart in an interview on The Daily Show to promote the album that she had invited Bob Dylan to sing on "Blowin' in the Wind", but that he declined (though she added that she was not sure whether Dylan himself declined or the refusal came from his management); Joni Mitchell was scheduled to join Parton, Collins and Vincent on "Both Sides Now", but could not participate due to illness.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Those Were the Days" (with Mary Hopkin, Porter Wagoner, The Opry Gang and the Moscow Circus) Boris Fomin, Gene Raskin 5:00
2. "Blowin' in the Wind" (with Nickel Creek) Bob Dylan 3:22
3. "Where Have All the Flowers Gone?" (with Norah Jones, Lee Ann Womack) Pete Seeger, Joe Hickerson 4:05
4. "The Twelfth of Never" (with Keith Urban) Jerry Livingston, Paul Francis Webster 3:17
5. "Where Do the Children Play?" (with Yusuf Islam) Cat Stevens 3:24
6. "Me and Bobby McGee" (with Kris Kristofferson) Kris Kristofferson, Fred Foster 3:50
7. "Crimson and Clover" (with Tommy James) Tommy James, Peter Lucia Jr. 3:40
8. "The Cruel War" (with Alison Krauss, Dan Tyminski and Mindy Smith) Traditional 3:43
9. "Turn, Turn, Turn" (with Roger McGuinn) Book of Ecclesiastes, Pete Seeger 3:18
10. "If I Were a Carpenter" (with Joe Nichols) Tim Hardin 2:56
11. "Both Sides Now" (with Rhonda Vincent and Judy Collins) Joni Mitchell 3:34
12. "Imagine" (with David Foster) John Lennon 3:51


The album sold 57,000 copies in its first week of release.

Chart (2005) Peak
UK Albums (OCC)[1] 35
UK Country Albums (OCC)[2] 1
US Billboard 200[3] 48
US Top Country Albums (Billboard)[4] 9
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[5] 2


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