Dolly Parton talks about rocker hall induction and ‘controversy’ – Billboard

“I think we’re making more news!” Dolly Parton says with a cheerful laugh as she jumps on the phone for an exclusive interview painting To talk about her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Earlier on Wednesday (May 4), Hall of Rock announced that it would be a part of the 2022 class, along with Pat Benatar, Neil Giraldo, Duran Duran, Eminem, Eurythmics, Lionel Richie and Carly Simon.


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After being nominated in February, Barton said painting She has never considered herself a rock ‘n’ roll “in any sense of the word,” but says she’s happily ready to reconsider now. “People usually [say] “Dolly rocks” or “you rock” or “you’re a rock star”. I thought they just meant I was cool, and I took that as a huge compliment. But now I have to take it literally! “

It’s been a bit squishy for Parton ever since she was announced as a nominee on February 2. She initially seemed pleased with the flattery but was a little perplexed to imagine that it was the act of rock music. Then on March 14, she posted to her 5 million Instagram followers that she was “respectfully” retracting the nomination because she didn’t feel she had that right and didn’t want to split the votes. Ballots have already been mailed in and Rock Hall has ruled that they will remain on the ballot. Just six days earlier, on April 29, she told NPR that she would “safely accept” if she was recruited.

The honor comes at a particularly rich time in the 76-year-old icon’s career. Her book with James Patterson, Run, Rose, Run, he is The New York Times Best seller. Her accompanying album of the same name debuted at number four today paintingThe country’s Top Country Albums chart dates back to March 19, making it the 47th album in the Top 10 – the highest score of all women. Earlier this year, it received 47 global gold and platinum certifications from countries including the US, Australia, UK, Canada, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Norway. She is recognized by the Guinness Book of Records as the only artist to celebrate seven decades in the Top 20.

Barton says painting She doesn’t know if she’ll be attending the November 5th party in Los Angeles, and she certainly hasn’t thought about who she’d like to recruit, but she has indicated she already has a few tricks up her sleeve if she’s there.

The following interview has been edited for clarity and brevity.

How did you know you would be recruited?

[My manager] Danny [Nozell] He called me from the office and said, “You will be recruited.” I said, “Really?” I said, “Well, I guess I’m a rock star now,” he joked.

This has been a bit for you. How do you feel now that the voters have spoken?

Well, I feel great. I feel proud that all the people who voted for me did so. And I appreciate the members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame for staying with me there. I never meant to stir up trouble or provoke any controversy. That’s always been my belief – and I think millions of people out there too – I’ve always believed that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was just created for the greatest people in rock and roll, and I didn’t feel like I really measured it and I don’t want to take anything Far from people who have worked hard. So I just wanted to quit before it got off to a good start. I later found out it was much more than that, obviously. … I am so proud and humble [the induction]So I will try to live up to that.

Dolly Parton and longtime manager Danny Nozel earned 47 world gold and platinum certifications in January.
Courtesy of Dolly Records and Butterfly Records.

A number of artists are in the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, including Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, and Chet Atkins. But you’re only the second woman to be in both things after Brenda Lee, who you have really, really great feelings for.

yes! And I think Brenda Lee has some great songs that can be considered rock music. She was a crossover artist. I love Brenda, she was such a great and amazing artist. she should be there. I later found out there were more people there than I knew, and I found out more about what the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame really stands for. …I have a lot of my friends and people in rock and roll, you know, to the point of being bitter about the fact that they weren’t inducted or inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. So it’s like, “If they’re not recognized in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, where do they go?” I was trying to be nice and good about not trying to take something away from someone that I might really earn.

Are you going to an induction party?

I don’t know. If I did, I’d sing the hardest rock and roll song I could muster just to show I could do it.

I think we all want to hear you sing “Enter Sandman” by Metallica.

[Laughs] I do not know what to do. …but I will do something to make it interesting and to forgive my mistake. to earn my title.

Musicians, historians, and the music industry vote on recruits. What do you think they saw in you differently from what you saw in yourself? Because you also get your nomination in the first round, which doesn’t happen to many candidates.

I think they were smarter than me. They knew what it was about and I didn’t.

I told you when you were first nominated painting You’d have to release a rock album right away. When do we get a rock album from you?

I already thought about it before I was nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. I’ve always wanted to make a great rock album, and I will. I don’t know when, but I will.

You’ve covered artists like The Beatles, Neil Young, and Led Zeppelin. Who are the rock artists that have influenced you?

I love the Rolling Stones. I’ve always wanted to sing “Satisfaction”. This is one of my husband’s favorite songs. And I might have to drag Mick’s guys there to help me sing it. I thought about writing a song called “Rock of Ages” where I get to get all the great rock musicians, people I’ve always admired and respected. I don’t follow rock much, but my husband is obsessed with rock and roll. He loves all combos and all things cool. I just like some records. I might make a copy of something like [Lynyrd Skynyrd’s] “Free Bird” and make my own versions of some classic things that I think would make rock ‘n’ roll songs.

You posted an adorable picture on Instagram a few weeks ago of you hugging Mick Jagger from the ’70s.

Yes, I loved it and I love Satisfaction. Hopefully we’ll both be around long enough when I can do that record that he’ll come sing along with me, and I might have to use The Rolling Stones to play behind me. I might do something like this – I try to get some different rock bands, some classic bands, to back me up on some of the songs I do, and then I do two, three, four originals. I’d like to join some cool rock bands and do some stuff, [but] I’ve been working hard on many things and have to get over this so-called controversy, which I never intended. So now I’m in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. So I’m going to do a rock album at some point. …Now I might have to call my album rock star!

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