NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - It's not every day a living legend is about to perform in your home town, but that's set to happen Wednesday night. The one and only Dolly Parton brings her Pure and Simple tour to the Smoothie King Center, and she promises a night of her greatest hits.
Dolly is that special country artist that transcends all entertainment platforms, touching fans the world over for decades. She's in the Country Hall of Fame, is a Lifetime Achievement Grammy winner and a Kennedy Center Honors recipient.
Dolly's won so many awards as a singer-songwriter, including Grammys and CMAs, it's hard to keep count. When she hasn't been writing thousands of songs, she's excelled as an actor, author, humanitarian and even has her own theme park, Dollywood, in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Even Kanye has some catching up to do when it comes to this country chameleon!
Dolly's first taste of stardom started right here in Louisiana. In 1959 the 13-year-old Dolly released her first single "Puppy Love." Dolly and her grandmother took a 30-hour bus ride to Lake Charles to record the song at Goldband Records.
Once she got out of school, she headed off for the big time in Nashville. In the late 60s she found chart success after joining Porter Wagoner's radio show, and in the 70s and 80s she exploded worldwide with a number of huge solo hits including "Jolene" and "Here You Come Again."
The ever-changing artist, Dolly took her talents to the big screen and in 1980 she debuted in the monster hit "9 to 5." Her title song for the movie was nominated for an Oscar and the little girl from the Smokey Mountains was one of the biggest artists in the world. Dolly has appeared in more than a dozen movies, including "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" and "Steel Magnolias."
As a songwriter, Dolly has no peer, and many artists along the way have covered her compositions. When it comes to covers, there is none bigger than Whitney Houston's version of "I'll Always Love You." It was a number one hit for Dolly and an international smash for Houston.
As for the 70-year-old icon's show? She will perform two sets with a short intermission that runs around three hours. It's getting rave reviews for its intimacy and simplicity and will touch on all parts of her storied career.
Gates open at 6:30.p.m. and the show is expected to start at 7:30 p.m.