Willie Nelson Agrees to Pay 9 Million to IRS

1946: The Bellamy Brothers singer/songwriter Howard Bellamy is born in Darby, Florida.

1960: Loretta Lynn signs her first contract with Zero Records.

1974: “Jolene” scores Dolly Parton her second #1 country hit single. Parton says that the inspiration for the story was a tall, red-headed bank teller whom Parton believed was flirting with her husband, and her husband’s apparent vulnerability to the teller’s charm.

1986: Country music artist Blaine Larsen is born in Tacoma, Washington.

1992: “A Jukebox with a Country Song” by Doug Stone sits at #1 on the Billboard country singles chart. This was Stone’s second chart-topper.

1993: Willie Nelson (pictured) agrees to pay $9 million of the $16.7 million he owes the IRS.

2007: Country musician Terry McMillan, who played harmonica and percussion, dies at the age of 53. He worked with powerhouse artists such as Ray Charles, Dolly Parton, Garth Brooks, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Reba McEntire, Randy Travis, Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, Kenny Chesney, Emmylou Harris, Waylon Jennings, Trisha Yearwood, and the Dixie Chicks.

June 12th: On This Day

On this day in 1973, Dolly Parton recorded “Jolene” during the afternoon at RCA Studio B in Nashville. The song was released in October of the same year and hit #1 on the Billboard US Country Songs chart in 1974.

“Jolene” was Parton’s second #1 of her career on the country charts and was the first single, and title track from her album of the same name.

The single was nominated for two Grammy Awards for Best Female Country Vocal Performance (first for the original release and the following year for a live version). Parton lost both of those awards, but “Jolene” won a Grammy award 44 years later, after the acapella group Pentatonix covered it, along with Parton.

Dolly Parton Makes Chart History

Dolly Parton has made even more history thanks to her collaborative rendition of “Jolene” with a cappella group Pentatonix. The new version of Parton’s classic has debuted at #18 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, making Dolly the only artist to notch a Top 20 hit on the chart in each of the last six decades.


·       The song also sits at #4 on the Country Streaming Songs chart with 2.6 million U.S. streams and additionally finds #7 spot on the Country Digital Song Sales chart with 18,000 downloads sold in its first week out, according to Nielsen Music.

·       A video of the a cappella version of “Jolene” has gone viral with more than 10 million views so far. That video can be seen here.

June 12th: On This Day

On this day in 1973, Dolly Parton recorded “Jolene” during the afternoon at RCA Studio B in Nashville. . Parton released the track in October 1973 as the first single from her album of the same name.

“Jolene” reached number one on the Billboard Country Chart, and was ranked No. 217 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of “the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time” in 2004.


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