Country Music Icon Dolly Parton Honored with Two Guinness World RecordsPhotos by John Shearer/Guinness World Records Music News Dolly Parton
On Wednesday, country music legend Dolly Parton added two more honors to her already-illustrious, decades-long career as she was recognized by Guinness World Records.
In Nashville, Tenn., Parton was presented with two record title certificates, one for the most decades with a top 20 hit on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart and another for the most hits on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart by a female artist.
With over 107 hits, Parton began her career as the duet partner of the late Porter Wagoner, racking up 21 Hot Country Songs hits before getting her first solo Top 20 hit with 1967’s “Something Fishy.” Her storied solo career led to 73 Top 20 hits, including the 2016 remastered version of “Jolene” with acapella quintet Pentatonix entering the chart at No. 18.
In receiving the honors, Parton stated:
Joining so many wonderful singers and songwriters who have been honored this way feels so special to me. You never know when you start out with your work how it’s going to turn out, but to have these two world records makes me feel very humbled and blessed!
Even at this late stage of her amazing career, Parton continues to set the tone for women in not only country music, but also in music in general.
After the presentation, Parton sat for an exclusive interview with Guinness, which you can watch below. Further down, you can listen to a 1977 Parton performance from the Paste Cloud.