Dolly Parton Celebrates 50 Years as a Grand Ole Opry Member

Dolly Parton Celebrates 50 Years as a Grand Ole Opry Member

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Dolly Parton on stage at the Grand Ole Opry Dolly Parton on stage at the Grand Ole Opry

October 7, 2019

NASHVILLE, TN – In commemoration of Dolly Parton’s 50th anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member, this week the Grand Ole Opry is hosting Dolly Week 2019. The celebration is a week-long series of events and special Opry shows to honor arguably country music’s greatest global ambassador and an artist who is recognized wherever she goes.

Dolly Week 2019 includes five consecutive nights of Dolly Parton themed Opry shows that include performances by many of Dolly’s friends and artists she has influenced over the years. These include Hall of Famers Bill Anderson, Dierks Bentley, Barry Gibb of the Bee Gees, Emmylou Harris, Chris Janson, Toby Keith, Lady Antebellum, Margo Price, Don Schlitz, Jeannie Seely, Hank Williams, Jr. and more. Artists plan to perform a mix of their own hits as well as songs written, popularized, or inspired by the 50-year Opry icon.

Parton will be performing on both sold-out Opry shows Sat., Oct. 12, capping the week-long celebration of Parton’s impact on music and the Opry.

Performances for the week include:

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8, 2019: (Check Opry.com for Ticket Availability)
7 p.m. Tuesday Night Opry at the Grand Ole Opry House  

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2019: (Check Opry.com for Ticket Availability)
7 p.m. Wednesday Night Opry at the Grand Ole Opry House

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2019: (Sold Out)
Opry Country Classics hosted by Larry Gatlin at the Historic Ryman Auditorium Featuring Performances of #1 Dolly Hits

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11, 2019 -Two Shows Friday Night Opry at the Grand Ole Opry House
7 p.m. (Sold Out)  9:30 p.m. (Check Opry.com for Ticket Availability)

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12, 2019 (Two Sold-Out Shows, 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.): 
Grand Ole Opry House | Dolly Parton’s 50th Grand Ole Opry Anniversary Celebration featuring Dolly Parton and many more
Saturday Lineup for the Shows at 7:00 & 9:30 PM Include:
Dolly Parton, Lady Antebellum, Jeannie Seely, Toby Keith, Margo Price, Barry Gibb and more.

Additional Dolly Week 2019 Special Events and Programming

DOLLY: MY OPRY MEMORIES – Limited Time Only Exhibit

In celebration of Dolly Parton’s 50thanniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member, the Opry House will host “Dolly: My Opry Memories”- an exclusive exhibit featuring 24 wardrobe pieces the internationally-known country music icon has worn on the Opry stage and at events held at the Ryman Auditorium over the last 50 years.  The exhibit will run through October 31.

Also included in the exhibit in the Opry House’s historic Studio A are exclusive videos of Parton recounting some of her favorite Opry memories along with rarely seen performance clips spanning her five decades of Opry membership. The limited-time-only exhibit was curated and designed to celebrate Parton’s milestone anniversary and tells the storied career of one of the Opry’s greatest global ambassadors.

Visit www.opry.com for ticket information and available tour times.

DOLLY RADIO on 650 WSM

As part of Parton’s 50th Opry anniversary celebration, flagship station WSM flipped its Opry Nashville streaming channel to “Dolly Radio” to coincide with the exhibit. The 24/7 “all things Dolly stream” will feature the music legend’s many hits from her catalog of over 3000 songs, past Opry performances, archived interviews, special features from fellow artists, and much more. Fans will be able to access “Dolly Radio” 24/7 via WSMonline.com and the station’s free mobile app.

THE OPRY SHOP – located at the Opry House

In celebration of Parton’s 50th Anniversary as an Opry member, The Opry Shop—also located at the Opry House-- will feature a unique collection of eleven custom-designed items for women, men and children celebrating the milestone anniversary. A special Dolly Parton Queen of Country 50th Anniversary graphic was created by Opry Entertainment Product Development Manager Molly Brooks, who was inspired by a Parton photograph captured by longtime Opry photographer Les Leverett.


Dolly Parton is one of the most honored and revered female country singer-songwriter of all time. Achieving 25 RIAA certified Gold, Platinum, and multi-Platinum awards, she has had 26 songs reach No. 1 on the Billboard country charts, a record for a female artist. Parton recently became the first Country artist honored as Grammy MusiCares Person of the Year given out by NARAS. She has a record 41 career Top 10 country albums. In 1999, Parton was inducted as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The Dollywood Foundation’s Imagination Library, a non-profit that in August 2019, gave away over 1.4M books, and has given away a total of over 125M books to date to children from birth to five years of age in the United States, Canada, Australia and the UK.  The year 2020 will mark the 33rd anniversary season for the Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

Visit opry.com for additional information

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