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.

Bad. Ass.


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davelog
davelog

Favorite Dolly quote: "It takes a lot of money to look this cheap."

yllennoc
yllennoc

You left out the whole prolific songwriter part of her badassness.  As for the song contest, I would suggest "Down From Dover" or her version of "Little Sparrow" to break up the endless stream of "Jolene".

wytzox1
wytzox1

Would L♥ve to see a video of Dolly playing all of those various instruments!

Wyld1
Wyld1

There are way too many reason to list why Dolly is bad ass....however, a couple of corrections:

Dolly has admitted to having ink....she just keeps it covered although it has briefly seen in some interviews and pictures. And the ink that was dsiplayed between her cleavage in 2012 was not a real tattoo...that was photoshopped. Secondly, she has indeed been on some of the rides at Dollywood. There are pictures of her on the river ride and on the ferris wheel....

I hope some people choose to cover some of Dolly's songs that are less commercial. She is one of the most prolific songwriters in this world!

Wes Dodson
Wes Dodson

I remember as a kid hearing about Larry Flynt offering both Dolly and Valerie Bertinelli $1,000,000 each to pose for his rag. To my knowledge, neither did.

Suzanna White
Suzanna White

I didn't know it was possible to love her more. But it was. And I do. TITS

Jay Sutton
Jay Sutton

Actually, I can only think of two reasons.

Sihaya
Sihaya

@yllennoc The estimate of three thousand tunes was admittedly in the intro to the list.

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