It’s been a record-breaking month for Dolly Parton.
Four weeks ago, she became the first – and only – artist to have a Top 20 country hit in each of the past six decades (1960s through the 2010s), as a new version of her 1973 classic “Jolene” (recorded by the a cappella group Pentatonix featuring additional vocals by Dolly) rose to number eighteen on the October 8, 2016, Billboard “Hot Country Songs” chart.
The same week, tribute single “Forever Country” – a melody of three signature country songs (John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again,” and Parton’s own “I Will Always Love You”), recorded by an all-star line-up of thirty country artists, became just the third song in history to debut at number one on the Billboard “Hot Country Songs” chart.
Last night, she received the Country Music Association’s Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award.
Given all of her recent recognition (and her continued artistic output and success), today seemed like the perfect time to reach back four decades to an early (and poignant) live performance of her iconic hit “I Will Always Love You,” recorded for a 1974 episode of The Porter Wagoner Show.