In 1970, Sevierville, Tennessee celebrated the second Dolly Parton Day with a concert at the county high school that includes a surprise guest: Porter Wagoner.
A few years earlier when Dolly first made her way to the Music City, she got some bad advice from Chet Atkins:
T.G. Sheppard released a song in the 1979 called "The Last Cheater's Waltz" and the song was nominated in 1980 for Song of the Year by the Academy of Country Music:
In 1987, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris took over the #1 position on the Billboard country albums chart their "Trio" project.
It's a project that Parton is most proud of:
Dolly Parton is revered today as an icon in country music and one of a handful of singers that have stood the test of time. As Dolly shares, the manner in which others look to her makes her a bit nervous at times:
In 2003, Crystal Gayle received a Spirit of the Prairie Award at the Marriott Hotel in Indianapolis, celebrating accomplishments by natives of the state.
Known for her love songs, Crystal shares one of her favorite love songs:
In 1966, Decca released Loretta Lynn's "You Ain't Woman Enough." As her sister Crystal Gayle shares, it's one of her favorite songs:
In 1972, Johnny Cash wrote a letter to the Las Vegas Hilton, encouraging the casino to employ The Oak Ridge Boys as an opening act for someone. Two years later, they opened for Cash at the Hilton.
Joe Bonsall recalls Cash's help for his group early on:
Blake Shelton made a surprise appearance on the Grand Ole Opry and invited his friends The Oaks Ridge Boys to join him on stage. The Oaks' Joe Bonsall shares:
Life would have been quite different for Sylvia had she been given a particular acting role she auditioned for in the late 1970's:
Bill Anderson shares, he still shakes a bit before he takes the Opry stage:
In 2004, The Judds made their Grand Ole Opry debut twenty years into their successful career.
Naomi Judd talks about the early days and what her first purchases were after getting that first check:
In 1993, Charley Pride joined the Grand Ole Opry. That very night before he went on stage he talked about his nerves and the first time he played the Opry in the 1960s:
In 1984, Warner Bros. released T.G. Sheppard's "Somewhere Down The Line." Just a few years earlier, Sheppard appeared on the Barbara Mandrell show on NBC. He talks about that show:
In 1982, Willie Nelson's "Always On My Mind" rose to #1 on the Billboard country albums chart. Brenda Lee talks about the country music icon:
In 1982, The Charlie Daniels Band played "The Devil Went Down To Georgia" as the musical guest on the NBC show "Saturday Night Live."
Charlie talks about how his most famous song came about:
Dolly Parton has written many amazing songs over her lifetime, but she admits that she does hear songs now and then that she wished she had written:
Jimmy Fortune released an album called Jimmy Fortune Sings The Classics and according to Jimmy he could make many albums of his favorite songs:
In 1979, Elektra/Curb released Hank Williams Jr.'s album "Family Tradition."
As Hank Jr. shares, when he steps on stage every song is his favorite one:
In 1981, Barbara Mandrell joined the 10th "Battle Of The Network Stars," with Tom Selleck, Charlene Tilton, Melissa Gilbert and Scott Baio. Barbara remembers that very day:
Neal McCoy released an album tribute to Charley Pride called "Pride: A Tribute To Charley Pride" that featured McCoy and special guests like Darius Rucker and Trace Adkins singing Charley's biggest hits.
Charley just loves Neal McCoy:
When Sylvia was just a little kid, she learned of her mother Shirley's love in a big way. It's something she never forgot:
In 1987, The Bellamy Brothers brought "Kids Of The Baby Boom" to #1 in Billboard. David Bellamy shares how that song came from an overflow of lyrics from another song:
In 1983, Barbara Mandrell and Kenny Rogers were cited as the Most Admired Country Singers by Us magazine.
Brenda Lee talks about her friend Barbara Mandrell:
In 1993, John Michael Montgomery scored the first #1 single of his career with "I Love The Way You Love Me." John Michael talks about his club days:
Dolly Parton says that even after all the honors and accolades that have been bestowed on her throughout her amazing career, she's still has work to do:
It's hard to talk about the Dolly Parton classic "Coat of Many Colors" without mentioning her mother who sewed the coat together for her as a child. It's one of Dolly's favorites songs she's ever done:
Bobby Bare talks about discovering a young Waylon in Arizona: