Dolly Parton has claimed that her sisters lacked the necessary “ambition” to succeed as professional singers.
Dolly Parton comes from a family of musicians. However, she was the first to make a career as a musician. Parton revealed in an interview when she was 21 years old and early in her career that she had two sisters who were also singers. They lacked the “ambition” required to handle the “hard life” of a professional musician.
Dolly Parton isn’t the only one in her family who can sing.
Parton attributes her musical ability to her parents.
In 1978, she told Playboy Magazine, “All of my momma’s people were singers, authors, and musicians.” “And a lot of my daddy’s family members were tremendously into music.”
The singer of “Rockin’ Years” went on to claim that, despite being the first in her family to achieve fame through music, “there’s a lot of ’em a lot more gifted than me.”
She explained, “I just had this grit and all these ideas and aspirations.”
Dolly Parton’s style was largely influenced by her mother.
Parton’s mother’s voice, in particular, affected the Queen of Country’s own singing and songwriting approach.
Parton’s mother, Avie Lee Owens Parton (1923–2003), was a lifelong music fanatic.
Parton noted in her 2020 book Songteller: My Life in Lyrics, “I grew up in a very musical household, especially on my mother’s side.” “It was only natural for my mother to sing all the time. My mother had an old-timey voice, and she used to sing all these songs from the Old World to us. They were folk tunes from England, Ireland, and Wales, in which people narrate stories.”
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The voice of Parton’s mother is described as “haunting.”
Parton wrote, “Lord, you would feel it.” “There’s a well-known old folk… This is a condensed version of the narrative. I hope you found it entertaining.