Happy birthday, Dolly Parton! 7 podcasts and episodes celebrating the iconic songstress

Music January 19, 2022

Songstress, cultural icon, and generous philanthropist Dolly Parton celebrated her 76th birthday on January 19! We could not wait to highlight some Dolly podcasts and episodes to honor the country music legend. In addition to singing, songwriting, and more, Dolly contributed $1 million toward developing the COVID-19 vaccine. She might even be the music world’s unofficial patron saint of positivity.

On our podcast list, we’ve included episodes with interviews chatting about her favorite foods, her perfume line, wigs, wardrobe choices, giving back, and more. We’ve also included one of Podsauce’s favorites, “Dolly Parton’s America” hosted by Jad Abumrad.

Dolly Parton’s America

Listen to ‘Dolly Parton’s America’

Host Jad Abumrad explores the pop culture powerhouse’s legacy and chats with the legend herself on “Dolly Parton’s America.” Start this 9-part series from episode one to hear all about why Dolly is beloved as a singer, cultural icon, and has drawn an inclusive crowd since her career’s start. This podcast is a WNYC Studios and OSM Audio presentation.

Watch What Happens Live

Listen to Dolly Parton on ‘Watch What Happens Live’

Dolly stopped by “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” in this 25-minute episode to talk about her new perfume release, positivity, giving back, hobbies, and more. Dolly was happy to share wardrobe choices, wig secrets, and why she wears heels to casual errands, among Andy’s other fun convo prompts. Since this episode was mostly about perfume and scents, Andy was curious what different people smell like, including her goddaughter Miley Cyrus.

Sunday Sitdown with Willie Geist

Listen to ‘Sunday Sitdown with Willie Geist’

In 2020, Dolly chatted on “Sunday Sitdown with Willie Geist” for a 32-minute episode, and did an overview of her career, starting out as kid in Tennessee, living in a cabin without electricity or water, and rising as a cultural icon. Dolly revealed what it was like filming her Netflix series, writing her book, Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics, recording her holiday album, and more.

Strong Songs

Listen to ‘”I Will Always Love You” by Dolly Parton’ on ‘Strong Songs’

This episode of “Strong Songs” unpacks Dolly’s theatrical ballad, “I Will Always Love You,” a three-time chart-topper in three separate decades. Two times include Dolly’s recordings, and the third was re-recorded by Whitney Houston. Hear more about the song’s history, the robust vocal lines, and key changes that morphed over time in this episode under an hour long.

My Year with Dolly

Listen to ‘My Year with Dolly’

“My Year with Dolly” is a music history series hosted by Justin Kirkland, delving into Parton’s album catalogue. Yes, every album of hers is covered in a grand total of 50 episodes and categorized into year-based episodes! Episodes are 30 minutes on average, and it’s super bingeable! This series is brought to you by Bramble Jam Podcast Network.

Love Someone with Delilah

Listen to Dolly Parton on ‘Love Someone with Delilah’

Dolly joined host Delilah Rene on iHeartRadio’s “Love Someone with Delilah” for an extra special conversation. Delilah and her entire family have admired Dolly for as long as they can remember. In this 26-minute episode, Dolly talks about life, staying busy over quarantine, managing stress, and more.

Table Manners with Jessie & Lennie Ware

Listen to Dolly Parton on ‘Table Manners with Jessie & Lennie Ware’

Dolly joined hosts Jessie and Lennie for a food-based chat, starting with her childhood and what she and her eleven siblings liked to eat while growing up in the Tennessee mountains. Dolly absolutely loves chicken and dumplings, talked about Whitney Houston covering “I Will Always Love You,” and more on this 44-minute episode.

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