Dolly Parton is 75 and she’s still living her life like it’s at the apex and doesn’t have plans of slowing down either.
Her career is still at its peak and outside it she lives a very calm and quiet life with her husband Carl. Parton was born in Locust Ridge, Tennessee, near the Great Smoky Mountains on January 19, 1946.
Her parents were poor and had to grow up alongside other 12 children. Music was something her family loved doing and they did it so well. Her mom sang and played the guitar while Parton performed in the church. “Music was such a large part of our whole family,” Parton recalled.
“All of my mama’s people were musical. They all played some sort of musical instrument. Of course, I took my music really seriously, and I was always plucking along on somebody’s instrument — whatever they would leave lying around or whenever my family would come. But I always loved the guitar.”
Parton got her first guitar from her uncle and it didn’t take long before she started writing her songs. When she was 10 years she performed on radio stations and local televisions and made her debut at the age of 13 on the national radio station and was making about $20 a week.
Her family was always there each step she took in her career and her uncles always helped her take the next step. “I had two uncles who played — Uncle Bill, who helped me get into the business, and Uncle Lewis, who was also a great guitar player,” she said. “He had this little Martin guitar that I loved, so when he saw how serious I was about my music, he gave me his little Martin guitar.
It was my treasure.” Parton won her first Grammy in 1977 and ever since then has produced more hits. She has written over 3000 songs and sold more than 100 million albums.
“Almost every day I come up with a few song titles or a sweet melody,” Parton told BBC in 2016. “I’m 16 in some ways. I’m still a hopeless romantic. But I’m 35 in my spirit and in my mind.
When I was 35, it was a pinnacle, a great time in my life – success and happiness and all that. And so I just decided ‘I’m gonna claim that number and always be that in my state of mind.’” Dolly and her husband Carl met in 1964 and they knew they were going to spend the rest of their life together.
Parton shared a recent picture of Carl and this has left her fans talking. The duo has been living their best life ever since then and they are waxing stronger each day.