Dolly Parton is arguably one of the hardest working women in country music. Dolly, the most successful female country artist of all time, has spent half of a century building one of the most recognizable brands in the industry. Dolly’s impressive resume includes credits as a writer, singer, actress, author, entrepreneur, and business woman. But, will the 70-year old ever retire?
Parton recently kicked off her 60-city Pure & Simple Tour, her first major tour in 25 years, and shows no signs of slowing down. In a recent interview with Elle, Dolly Parton reveals her retirement plans (or lack thereof) and how she hopes to spend her last moments.
When asked if she had any intention of retiring, Parton made it clear that she hopes to take after her daddy and work until she can’t work any more.
“The only thing that would slow me down would be sickness or if my husband was in bad shape and needed me there. I hope to work until I fall over,” Parton said. “My daddy worked till he died. Daddy had a stroke and two weeks later he was dead and he didn’t have to lie around. I’m sure he thought, If I don’t work I best be dead. I hope I just fall dead in the middle of a song.”
The Country Music Hall of Famer just released her 43rd studio album to coincide with her tour. Dolly: Pure & Simple is an album jam packed with love songs, something Dolly says is needed “in this day and time where everything is so haywire.”
“I tried to put in love in every color,” she says of the album. “There’s your cheating songs, there’s your friends-with-benefits songs, your true love, simple love, complicated love songs.
“A lot of the songs are based on the emotions and feelings I’ve had through the years with my husband. I also wanted to write love songs about different people I knew. But true love is the basic theme…”
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