Ask Billboard: Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves
Ask Billboard: Sisters Are Doin' It for Themselves

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Tuesday's (April 26) Chart Beat column, "10 All-Female Hit Collaborations," generated great reader feedback. Here are some of your additions, highlighting songs across multiple formats.

Hello Gary,

I enjoyed tremendously your Chart Beat spotlight on all-female collaborations.

One such joint venture that deserves mention is the 1987 supergroup of Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris. Still in their hit-making prime, this "Trio" was a supernova.

The set spent five weeks at No. 1 on Country Albums and yielded the No. 1 Country Songs hit "To Know Him Is to Love Him," as well as three other top 10s: "Telling Me Lies" (No. 3), "Those Memories of You" (No. 5) and "Wildflowers" (No. 6).

The album, which also hit No. 6 on the Billboard 200, was nominated for Album of the Year and the ladies won a Grammy for best country performance by a duo or group.

The group released a follow-up in 1999, "Trio II," which reached No. 4 on Country Albums and garnered a Grammy Award for "After the Gold Rush."

Parton additionally participated in another collaboration of country queens in 1993: "Honky Tonk Angels," with Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette. It reached No. 6 on Country Albums and generated the No. 68 Country Songs hit "Silver Threads and Golden Needles."

Parton has sung on other notable collaborations, including tracks with Norah Jones ("Creepin' In"), Martina McBride ("I Still Miss Someone") and Rhonda Vincent ("Heartbreaker's Alibi"). She also harmonized with Shania Twain and Alison Krauss & Union Station (in an uncredited role) on "Coat of Many Colors." The cover of the Parton classic climbed to No. 57 on Country Songs in 2003.

Best regards,

DeWayne Ray
Cincinnati, Ohio