THROWBACK THURSDAY: DOLLY PARTON CRASHES THE POP CHARTS
Dolly Parton is an American treasure and a country music LEGEND, but she also made her dent on the pop charts back in the day. Starting with her 1977 mega crossover hit Here You Come Again, Dolly took her fame even further, appealing to a younger, hipper crowd and moving into movies and television. Here You Come Again hit #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and showed that Dolly had a wide ranging fan base. The next couple of years followed with some minor pop hits like Baby I'm Burning (#25) and Starting Over Again (#36) then came her #1 pop mega-hit 9 to 5 and Dolly was a mainstream superstar. 9 to 5, the theme song to Dolly's movie with Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, hit #1 on February 21, 1981, left for two weeks to make room for fellow country star Eddie Rabbit's I Love A Rainy Night, and then took back the top spot for another week. Work, girl! Then in 1983 she hit #1 on the Hot 100 again with the Kenny Rogers duet Islands In The Stream. Ironically, the most pop sounding song she ever recorded, 1983's Potential New Boyfriend, didn't even crack the pop charts but hit #20 on the Country charts. Mind you, during this time she continued to score HUGE on the country charts, the AC chart and around the globe on various charts, not to mention was making big Hollywood movies. This bitch was busy, y'all!! Dolly continued, of course, the put out top quality work and is one of the most beloved artists in American music history. Here are Dolly's biggest pop hits for you to enjoy Throwback Thursday style, including her singing the Sheena Easton part of We've Got Tonight with Kenny Rogers live, while throwing a little shade at Sheena!