Today in Country Music, June 12, featuring "Jolene" by Dolly Parton
Today in Country Music
On this day in 2011, The Band Perry's Kimberly - who was touring with Tim Mcgraw at the time - revealed, "we were actually playing some brand-new songs that we have been working on, and out of the corner of our eye we saw this figure in a cowboy hat and it was Tim. He was standing there listening to our new music."
Today in 2002, Kenny Chesney was the only double-winner at the inaugural CMT Flameworthy Video Music Awards.
Fan fair celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2001... Changing its name to the "CMA music festival."
And on this day in 1973, Dolly Parton recorded "Jolene" at the RCA studios in Nashville.
"Jolene" was written and performed by Dolly Parton from her album Jolene (1974), produced by Bob Ferguson. It is ranked #217 on the Rolling Stone magazine's list of "the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time".
"Jolene" tells the tale of a housewife confronting a voluptuous seductress who she believes is trying to steal away her husband and begging her "please don't take my man". Throughout the song, the housewife implores Jolene "please don't take him just because you can." The song became Parton's second solo number-one single on the country charts after being released as a single in late 1973 (prior to the album's release). It reached the top position in February 1974; it also was a moderate pop hit for her and a minor adult contemporary chart entry, and was released as a single in the UK the following year, where it reached number seven in the UK singles chart.
Parton has said that the inspiration for the story was a tall, red-headed bank teller who Parton believed was flirting with her husband, and her husband's apparent vulnerability to the teller's charm as indicated by his sudden interest in making frequent trips to the bank. In her live performances of the song, Dolly often states she fought this woman tooth and nail for her husband. The name "Jolene" came from a beautiful little red-headed girl with green eyes who sought her autograph at a concert.