Dolly Parton Opens Up, Is She Ready To Retire At 78?

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Country music legend Dolly Parton just turned 78. Is she finally ready to retire? Find out her thoughts on the subject.

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“Jolene, Jolene, Jolene, Jolene / I’m beggin’ of you, please don’t take my man,” Dolly Parton pleads on her hit song. The song was released in 1973, but its synonymous album came out a year later.

Jolene was the singer’s thirteenth studio album and spawned two of her most popular songs: “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You,” which was later famously covered by Whitney Houston.

The album was released on February 4, 1974. Times Square in New York City featured a throwback billboard earlier this month to mark the monumental anniversary.

Is Dolly Parton Ready To Retire At 78?

Dolly Parton started performing as a child and famously moved to Nashville immediately after graduating college. During a recent interview with USA Today, the icon spoke more about that decision.

“I thought, ‘Well, what’s the worst that can happen? I can always go back home, study to be a beautician and still get cheap makeup and bleach and all the stuff that I was going to always do, no matter what.'” – Dolly Parton, USA Today.

She shared that she “hated” the farm chores she had to do at home and also hated school. So what’s a country girl to do?

“I was silly enough to believe it could be done, and I didn’t know it couldn’t be done, until I did it, as they say,” Dolly Parton humbly said about the start of her career.

After nearly seven decades in the spotlight, is the “Coat Of Many Colors” singer ready to hang up her cowboy hat?

Another country music icon, Loretta Lynn, once vowed never to retire and continued to make music up until her death in 2022.

Not surprisingly, Dolly Parton has a similar outlook. However, she said there is one thing that could force her to retire. “I would only retire if I was ill or if my husband was ill and needed me. That’d be the only thing that would make me pull back,” she told the outlet.

Dolly Parton and Carl Dean are nearing their 60th wedding anniversary. They married in 1966, and her devotion to her husband has never wavered.

“Work is everything to me,” Dolly Parton explained her refusal to retire. “That’s all I know. It’s what I do. It’s how all these things have come to pass.” she added.

What do you think about Dolly Parton’s stance on retirement? Sound off in the comments.

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