On This Day In 1971: Dolly Parton Released ‘Coat of Many Colors’
Dolly Parton is not only a country music legend but one of the greatest artists to ever walk the planet. She’s released 65 studio albums since her 1967 debut and continues to light up the stage wherever she goes.
I’ve personally had the opportunity to see her perform live in concert a few times over the years. I will cherish those memories forever. Now, one may argue over which song or album is her best. We will leave that up to you to decide.
With that being said, we’re going to take you back to October 4, 1971. That’s when Parton released her eighth studio album, Coat of Many Colors. The album was nominated for Album of the Year at the 1972 CMA Awards. It was also named among the 100 Greatest Albums of All Time by TIME magazine.
Parton released the song “My Blue Tears,” which you can listen to below, as the first single of the album followed by the title track. The album features 14 songs, which some would say is her best collection of work to date.
The album has led to many additional projects, including her “Coat of Many Colors” children’s book illustrated by Judith Sutton. It was last updated in 2015 and brings one of her best-loved songs to life for the younger generation.
You may wonder, “What hasn’t Parton accomplished throughout her career?” Well, there’s no sign of her slowing down. She has several projects in the works at the moment.
Parton recently released a new song titled “What’s Up” featuring Linda Perry, which will appear on her Rockstar album, due out November 17.
The 77-year-old is also gearing up to unveil her new book Behind The Seams: My Life In Rhinestones set to hit shelves on October 17. See more from Dolly Parton here.