J for Jolene


One hell of a beautiful song by Dolly Parton. This single, by the country singer from Nashville, was released in October 1973 , as the title track from her album of the same name.

It was 5 years back that I actually heard this song playing at Mocha, Delhi and then it kept playing in my mind again and again for a week and that’s when I decided to search for it on Google with just the word “Jolene”. When I told Naomi about this song, she said, “I do not like that song cause I’m kind of Jolene in my real life!”

Dolly Parton revealed that Jolene was the name of a young fan she met during one of her concerts. She liked the name so much that she decided to write a song for this young girl. Dolly chose to bind together a real life incident of her life to this song and hence Jolene- the sweet song was created.

The song goes on to explain how Jolene, a stunningly beautiful woman with auburn hair is trying to steal away the singer’s lover. As she begs Jolene not to take away her man, she realizes, he too is besotted by Jolene. According to Parton, the song was inspired by a red-headed bank clerk who flirted with her husband Carl Dean at his local bank branch around the time they were newly married. The song became Parton’s second solo number-one single on the country charts after being released as a single in late 1973.

The song has got an evergreen melody and also a real life feel to it. If you have not heard it before, its time 🙂



2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bikramjit
    Apr 23, 2016 @ 07:48:50

    Sounds goood.. although must say I have not heard dolly Parton at alll…


  2. Rinks
    May 02, 2016 @ 11:40:40

    Parton basically sings country and is definitely worth giving a try!


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