Dolly Parton Hopes Beyoncé Might Someday Cover 'Jolene'

by Muthoni Kimani
December 14, 2020

Country Legend Dolly Parton has expressed that she would love one day for Beyonce to cover her hit song Jolene and make a massive hit with it.

Speaking in an interview, the country music legend discussed the many times the 1973 song has been covered by other artists but added that she's still hopeful a major artist will record their take and enjoy a "really big hit" with it.

Dolly said; "Jolene' has been recorded more than any other song that I have ever written. It has been recorded worldwide over 400 times in lots of different languages by lots of various bands. The White Stripes did a wonderful job of it, and many other people. But nobody's ever had a really big hit record on it."

She added; "I've always hoped somebody might do someday, someone like Beyoncé."

And one of Dolly's proudest moments was the reaction to the late Whitney Houston's 1992 take on her song 'I Will Always Love You'.

Dolly narrated; "I had a number one with 'I Will Always Love You' twice, once in the Seventies then I did it in the movie 'The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas' and had another number one in the eighties. And then Whitney did it, and it was considered one of the greatest love songs of all time. Still to this day, I take a lot of pride in that."

The 74-year-old singer She explained; "When I write a song, I'm vulnerable at those moments. I leave my heart out on my sleeve. I've always said I have to leave my heart open in order to receive those kinds of songs. I have to feel everything to be a real songwriter.

"And yes, a lot of my songs are kind of melancholy. Some of them are sad, and some of them are pitiful. And I mean for them to be sad, those sorrowful songs like 'Little Sparrow' or 'Jeannie's Afraid of the Dark'.

She concluded by saying; "I have a big imagination, and I become whoever I'm writing about. It's like starring in a movie, I am that character in that song."