Dolly brought Carl to a BMI dinner in 1966. She was receiving her first songwriting award for penning the Bill Phillips hit "Put It Off Until Tomorrow".
“This was my first big record. It went to No. 1 for Bill, and it was BMI’s Song of the Year,” Parton told The Boot. “So Carl and I got dressed up, he was in a tux, and we drove to the dinner. We got out and walked up the red carpet and went inside and sat through dinner and the awards, and I went up and got my award."
During the car ride home, Carl turned to her and said, "Dolly, I want you to have everything you want, and I’m happy for you, but don’t you ever ask me to go to another one of them dang things again!”
And she never did. They have a unique marriage, but they make it work because they love each other and when they are together, they have a grand ol' time!