10 More Reasons Dolly Parton Is Badass
4. She's covered a Led Zeppelin song
Jimmy Page and Robert Plant approved of it, too, and even let her add some of her own lyrics to her bluegrass remake of "Stairway to Heaven." Yeah, that's not going to happen for you, no matter how many fan letters you send out. Only Ms. Parton could get away with that.
3. The first cloned sheep was named after her.
Scientist Ian Wilmut put it like this: "Dolly is derived from a mammary gland cell, and we couldn't think of a more impressive pair of glands than Dolly Parton's."
Makes total sense.
2. She calls her boobs "show dogs"
She really does. Here's what she says on the subject: "I'm in showbiz. I look at my boobs like they're show horses or show dogs. You've got to keep them groomed."
1. She turned down Elvis when he wanted to record "I Will Always Love You"
Elvis' manager, Colonel Tom Parker, demanded that she give up half of the publishing royalties as part of the deal. Here's what Parton had to say about it:
Well, now it's already been a hit for me. I wrote it and I've already published it. And this is the stuff I'm leaving for my family, when I'm dead and gone. So I can't give up half the publishing.
And he said, 'Well then, we can't record it.' Other people were saying, 'You're nuts. It's Elvis Presley. I'd give him all of it.' But I said, 'I can't do that. Something in my heart says don't do that.' And I didn't do it and they didn't do it.