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Jun 1, 2016

Dolly's coming to town: Did you know she released first single at 13?

Greenville News

Donna Isbell Walker, [email protected] 4:20 p.m. EDT May 31, 2016

Dolly Parton has never been known for subtlety, for fading gracefully into the background. Everything about her is super-sized, from her voice to her songwriting talent to her fashion sense and best-known physical attributes.

After all, this is the woman whose legendary chest inspired the name of the world’s first cloned sheep, christened Dolly because it was grown from a mammary cell.

Parton, who turned 70 earlier this year, plays the Peace Center on Sunday. Get ready for the show by boning up on your Dolly trivia. Here are seven fun facts to get you started:

1. Parton released her first single at age 13. The song was “Puppy Love,” which Parton co-wrote at age 11 with her uncle, Bill Owens.

2. She has acted in film and TV, playing a secretary in “9 to 5,” a madam in “Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” and a hairdresser in “Steel Magnolias.”

3. Parton’s first acting role, as listed on the Internet Movie Database, is an appearance as herself on the children’s TV series “Captain Kangaroo” in 1976.

4. The singer played the role Dolly Parton, Guardian Movie Star in a two-part episode of “Designing Women” in 1990.

5. In 2004, Parton received the Living Legend Award from the United States Library of Congress.

6. Parton’s 1973 hit “Jolene,” named one of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time by Rolling Stone magazine in 2004, has been covered by artists from the White Stripes to Reba McEntire to the punk band Me First and the Gimme Gimmes.

7. Parton had a hit in 1967 with a song called “Dumb Blonde.” But one of her most famous quotes pokes fun at that image: “I’m not offended by all the dumb blonde jokes. Because I know I’m not dumb. And I also know that I’m not blonde.”

YOU CAN GO

Who: Dolly Parton

When: 7:30 p.m. Sunday

Where: Peace Center

How much: $100-$500

For more: Call 864-467-3000 or visit www.peacecenter.org