A whole host of glowing tributes were paid to Burt Reynolds after his death at the age of 82 in the summer of 2018. But perhaps the most heartfelt came from his The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas co-star Dolly Parton. Here’s how the country legend’s kind words may well have reduced many to tears.
Born in Tennessee in 1946, Dolly Parton first achieved success on the country music scene as a songwriter penning hits for several of Nashville’s finest. She would become an artist in her own right, however, with the release of 1967 debut album, Hello, I’m Dolly, and a handful of duet LPs with crooner Porter Wagoner. And a period of solo commercial success would arrive in the 1970s and early 1980s.
“I Will Always Love You,” “Jolene” and “9 to 5” were just a handful of the classic tracks Parton penned and recorded during this time. Then, after a relatively fallow 1990s, she enjoyed a second wind in the next decade or two with acclaimed albums released through her own Dolly Records label. As of 2018, the singer-songwriter is reportedly the most honored female artist ever in the country genre.