Country icon, philanthropic goddess, and champion of working girls everywhere, Dolly Parton, can now be listed as a certified Guinness World Record holder.
The Tennessee treasure earned not one, but two, entries in the Guinness World Records’ 2018 edition. The first record was for “Most decades with a Top 20 hit on the US Hot Country Songs chart,” which spanned from the 1960s to the 2010s. The late country musician, George Jones, came close to Dolly’s feat, with a chart-hitting career that spanned five decades, but, alas, Dolly’s prolific career could not be beat.
Parton’s debut album, Hello, I’m Dolly, was released in 1967 when the “9 to 5” singer was just 21-years-old. Most recently, Dolly charted with her 2016 re-release of “Jolene,” which featured pop group, Pentatonix. That little country croon marked Parton’s 107th chart entry, making her the female artist with the “Most hits on the US Hot Country Songs.”
The 71-year-old remarked to Guinness that, “You never know when you start out with your work how it’s going to turn out, but to have these two world records makes me feel very humbled and blessed.”
We are blessed to have you, Dolly!
In the interview, the nine-time Grammy winner also commented on her approach to songwriting.
“I’ve always just written from my heart. I try not to dwell on just trying to be commercial and what’s a radio hit,” said Parton. “Usually, when an idea hits me, it comes from my heart.”
In a testament to the Dolly Parton’s wide cultural relevance, just last week U.K. grime artist, Stormzy, posted a Twitter thread about the country singer.
Ain’t that the truth!
You can watch Dolly’s entire interview below.