Tonight, Country star, pop culture legend and early Boomer Dolly Parton (she just turned 73) will be named “Person of the Year” at the 29th Annual MusiCares event in Los Anggles, which raises money to fund those in need in the music community. Pink, Norah Jones, Chris Stapleton, and Shawn Mendes will sing tributes.
Parton is the first Country artist to receive this award: Past recipients include Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, ony Bennett, BruceSpringsteen, Elton John, Aretha Franklin, Bono and Fleetwood Mac.
Dolly is famous as a singer/songwriter and for film work, but behind the scenes, she’s helped raise millions of dollars for numerous causes, including her “Imagination Library “which supports childhood literacy.
Parton has written two songs that are in the Grammy Hall Of Fame: “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You,” which she recorded and took to #1/Country in 1974, but it was Whitney Houston’s 1992 version, from the movie “The Body Guard,” that turned it into one the best selling singles of all time, spending 14-weeks at #1 on Billboards Hot 100.
Houston’s version has over 753 million views on youtube vs. Dolly’s 9,771 but it all evens out in the end: Dolly has often laughed about how Whitney Houston made Dolly Parton very rich.
Reminder: 2019 Grammy Awards are Sunday night 8P ET/5P Pacific on CBS.