Dolly Parton – Coat of Many Colors (1971)
(Lovely Logo by Sarca @ caughtmegaming)
Songstress #4: Dolly Parton
“How I love my coat of many colors”
– Joseph, from Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (JATATD)
This album takes me back to the early 90s.
Mind you, I had no idea of this record’s existence at the time.
But when I picked up this Dolly Parton LP, I was somehow 10 years old again and:
- Picturing Donny Osmond, who looked somewhat like my hockey hero Doug Gilmour, singing about his Coat of Many Colors in the Toronto production of JATATD
- Thinking of Whitney Houston, pausing dramatically before hitting the big “and I” in the Dolly Parton-penned I Will Always Love You
- Unable to read cursive writing! A calligrapher I was not to be. Even attempting to read the back cover here in 2015, I struggled through a sentence or two before giving up.
Fortunately, not even that reminder of my curs-ed reading limitations could dampen my enthusiasm for Dolly.
I’m on a classic country kick.
My 10-year old self would not understand my new-found affinity for old school country (then again he would have a mushroom cut for years to come).
As with most crazes & phases, it’s tough to pinpoint the exact appeal.
In Dolly’s case, I think I really like Coat of Many Colors as it works equally well at 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
While the singer is important, the songs are paramount.
And although my sample size is still admittedly small, from what I’ve heard, I reckon she wrote some of the finest songs the genre has to offer.