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Dolly Parton on Videos & What Made Her Say “No” to Elvis

Dolly Parton and Bill Cody

Dolly Parton on the set of GAC's The Collection with host Bill Cody. Photo credit GAC staff.

It’s not often you get spend an hour swapping stories with a country legend like Dolly Parton.  But that’s exactly what host Bill Cody got to do when he recently taped the latest episode of GAC’s The Collection with Dolly. The show is built on the idea of having the artist take fans on a guided tour through a collection of their music videos. And when Dolly’s involved, you know it’s gonna be a good time. Watch the premiere of Dolly’s episode of The Collection tonight at 8/7c exclusively on GAC. Click here for the full schedule of airings »

Bill kicks the show off by taking Dolly all the way back to 1985 for a live performance video, featuring her onstage with good pal Kenny Rogers doing “Real Love.” As it turns out, Dolly had never seen the final cut of this video before and had a good laugh with Bill reminiscing about her many musical adventures with Kenny.

Throughout the show, Dolly shares some amazing stories about each phase of her career, including the time she split from The Porter Wagoner Show to set off on a solo career.  “Here You Come Again” was Dolly’s first solo release following the split. 

“This was my first song after I went out on my own, after Porter’s show and everybody was telling me I was making a big mistake,” she says. It wasn’t a mistake. In fact, it became her first million selling record and her first No. 1 hit.  The rest, as they say, is history!

Along with the story behind “Here You Come Again,” Dolly also shared a story with Bill about the time she had to tell Elvis “no” when he wanted to record one of her songs.  Check out this sneak peek from Dolly’s episode of The Collection to hear the story for yourself:

Click here to view the embedded video.

Watch more GAC exclusive interview clips with Dolly Parton »

Check out these must-see photos of Dolly Parton in her GAC gallery »

Dolly’s new album, Better Day, is in stores now. She’s getting ready to hit the road for the first leg of her 2011 World Tour.  Click here for a complete listing of tour dates and tickets »

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