Country music legend Dolly Parton has been honored with three new Guinness World Records, bringing her total to ten. The awards were presented to Parton at a ceremony in Nashville on May 31, 2023.
The first record Parton was awarded was for the “longest span of No. 1 hits on the US Top Country Albums chart (female).” Parton’s first No. 1 album, New Harvest…First Gathering, was released in 1977. Her most recent No. 1 album, A Holly Dolly Christmas, was released in 2020. The span of 43 years, 156 days, is the longest in history for a female artist.
The second record Parton was awarded was for the “most studio albums released by a female country singer.” Parton has released 65 studio albums over the course of her career, starting with 1967’s Hello, I’m Dolly.
The third record Parton was awarded was for the “most top 10 entries on the US Top Country Albums chart by a female artist.” Parton has had 48 top 10 albums on the chart, starting with 1968’s Just Between You and Me.
Parton is a true icon of country music and popular culture. She is a Grammy Award winner, a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, and a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. She is also a tireless humanitarian, known for her work with the Imagination Library, which provides free books to children in need.
Parton is humbled by her latest honors. “I am so grateful to Guinness World Records for recognizing my work,” she said in a statement. “I am proud of my accomplishments, but I am even more proud of the people who have helped me along the way. I could not have done it without them.”
Parton is an inspiration to millions of people around the world. She is a role model for women, artists, and humanitarians alike. She is a true legend.
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