Dolly Parton is not only a legendary country singer and performer but also a very talented songwriter. She has written numerous songs throughout her career, and while some of her compositions are well-known, there are certainly a few that people may not realize she wrote. Here are some songs you might not have known were written by Dolly Parton:
1. “I Will Always Love You” – Whitney Houston
Originally written and recorded by Dolly Parton, this song became a massive hit for Whitney Houston in the 1990s.
2. “Put It Off Until Tomorrow” – Bill Phillips
Dolly Parton wrote this song, which was first recorded by Bill Phillips in 1966. It later became a hit for Dolly when she recorded it with Porter Wagoner.
3. “Rainbowland” – Miley Cyrus
Dolly Parton and Miley Cyrus joined forces to co-write “Rainbowland,” a track featured on Miley’s 2017 album, ‘Younger Now.’ The song’s name was born from the vibrant rainbow colors that covered the walls in Miley’s home studio, where she kickstarted the writing process for her album.
4. “Kentucky Gambler” – Merle Haggard
“Kentucky Gambler” is a timeless Dolly Parton narrative tune, offering a valuable lesson on greed as it tells the story of a miner who abandoned his family. The song was recorded by Merle Haggard in 1974, with Dolly Parton adding harmony.
5. “There’ll Always Be Music” – Tina Turner
Known for her Rock & Roll contributions, Tina Turner actually launched her solo journey by exploring the realm of country music. Her first solo studio album, Tina Turns the Country On!, featured famous songwriters such as Parton, the talent behind the hit “There’ll Always Be Music.”