Dolly Parton Shares Story of Splurging on Her Parents' Christmas Gifts When She Was Younger: Exclusive Video
Less than a week following her graduation from Sevier County High School, Dolly Parton has already moved to Nashville -- where she would go on to change country music. She hit the charts in 1967 with “Dumb Blonde” on Monument Records, and by year's end, was the duet partner of Porter Wagoner. Along the way, Parton would notch hits such as “Here You Come Again” and the Hot 100 chart-toppers “9 To 5” and “Islands In The Stream.”
Needless to say, Christmas was never the same for the young singer from Locust Ridge, Tenn. The country legend recalls surprising her parents with some special presents once her star was on the rise in the exclusive video below, which Billboard is sharing exclusively.
“It was always my wish to do something great for my family. I loved my daddy and my mama. My daddy always drove a truck. I bought my daddy a big blue truck, and he was always so proud of that," recalls Parton. "He never would trade it in. He kept it. The truck is still very much in the family today. Daddy’s gone now, but I still have the truck. It’s on some of the property that I bought that daddy used to own,” adding that her nieces and nephews play on the vehicle nowadays.
Her father wasn’t the only one to have a Christmas to remember that year. “That same year, I bought my mama a Cadillac,” she recalled. “Of course, I traded hers in every few years, and she was so proud of that. The last one was a gold Cadillac. That went back to me when Mama passed on. I wouldn’t take nothing for it. My husband drives it a lot. Because it was Mama’s car, and I still drive it some, I call it the 'Dolly-Mama.' Everybody knows not to mess with the Dolly-Mama, because that was such a precious thing. I was always proud that I could do for my family when I started making some money.”
With the premiere of the Parton biopic Coat Of Many Colors on NBC Dec. 10, the singer's parents Robert and Avie -- played by Rick Schroder and Jennifer Nettles -- are in the public consciousness. The film received NBC’s biggest ratings on Thursday night since the 2009 series finale of E/R.
Parton recently announced the “Coat Of Many Colors” sweepstakes. For more information, go to http://movies.dollyparton.