Everyone knows the name Dolly Parton.  The mere mention of her name will bring images of her big personality, a great songwriter, hit songs like 'I Will Always Love You,' '9 to 5,' 'Islands In The Stream,' a successful string of motion pictures, numerous awards and a vibrant concert performer, including a number of great concerts she headlined at the Broome County Arena in Binghamton.

Not many entertainers can say they are still relevant almost 60 years later.  Dolly Parton is one of those entertainers who keeps on going.  Her career started as a child performer back in 1955 with most of her hits coming in the late 1960's.  Her music spans the 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's and well in to the 2000's.  Dolly Parton is a entertaining icon.

Out of all the performers I have been lucky enough to meet, Dolly is definitely in the top 3 of my favorites.  I often get asked what she was like.  People might expect Dolly to be like her public persona, but in meeting this legendary entertainer twice now, I was amazed at how friendly, real, compassionate, and appreciative she was to talk with.  Dolly Parton is is a beautiful, honest human being.

Dolly is getting set for the US release her 42nd album entitled 'Blue Smoke,' next Tuesday, May 13th.  The album was released late January in New Zealand and Australia to rave reviews and a world tour to support the album which were big sell outs.

On Monday, Dolly gave a sneak peak on the progress on her new DreamMore Resort at the Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, an aggressive 10-year plan that includes more than $300 million in future developments for Dollywood properties.

Rock Paper Photo has a vast collection of rare and exclusive photos of the iconic star, which capture some wonderful moments of the singer's long lasting legacy.  They were nice enough to allow me to share a few photos from their extensive collection of photos of Dolly Parton.  Enjoy!