Dolly Parton breaks 3 Guinness World Records – including one she already held
Queen of country music Dolly Parton has a new claim to fame – after decades of making records she is now a three-time world record breaker.
Guinness World Records has announced the singer-songwriter has set two new records: the most decades on the US Hot Country Songs chart for a female artists (namely seven) and the most No.1 hits on the US Hot Country Songs chart by a female artist at 25.
She has also broken her existing record for the most hits on the US Hot Country Songs chart by a female artist with 109 hits.
These titles join Parton’s previous record for most decades with a Top 20 hit on the US Hot Country Songs chart at six, awarded in 2018.
“Dolly Parton is one of very few musical artists in history with this degree of staying power”, said Guinness World Record adjudicator Sarah Casson. “Writing and recording music that makes the charts across seven decades is truly an amazing accomplishment.”
The 75-year-old has composed more than 3,000 songs, including “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You”, and garnered 11 Grammy awards for her music.
She also has Golden Globe nominations for her work as an actress.
The star, famed for her rags-to-rhinestone career which saw her start recording songs at the age of 10, said she was humbled by news of the world records.
“This is the kind of stuff that really makes you very humble and very grateful for everything that’s happened”, she said, “I had no idea that I would be in Guinness World Records this many times!
“I am flattered and honoured. I’ve had a lot of people help me get here.
“Thanks to all of you and all of them for helping me have all of this.”
A pioneer on the country music scene, she has also led from the front in a number of fields including children’s literacy where her Imagination Library scheme has gifted more than 159 books to children around the world.
More recently, her philanthropy saw her partly fund the research into the Moderna Covid vaccine.
But music, it would seem, remains her driving motivation.
“I’ve loved being able to make a living in the business that I love so much”, she said, “I’ve been so fortunate to see my dreams come true, and I just hope to continue for as long as I can.
“You’re going to have to knock me down to stop me!”
Even then, it could be argued she’s a woman bound to bounce back.