Born on Jan. 19 1946, in Locust Ridge Tenn into a poor family that would eventually include 12 children Dolly Parton learned early to overcome the challenges of her life by using her vivid and expansive imagination. The songs she wrote were composed before she could write or read. In the year she turned 8years old, she purchased her first electric guitar and started singing at an Knoxville Tenn Radio Station. That following the year that Gold Band Records was a tiny independent record label. While still in highschool she established herself locally but dreamed about having a bigger stage. In the exact day that she was able to graduate from high school, in 1964. Dumb Blonde (1967) and Something Fishy (1968) were her two first charting albums for Monument Records. Porter Wagoner began looking for new female vocalists for his syndicated television program at around the exact time. Parton became a member of Grand Ole Opry 1969 after signing with RCA Records. However, it wasn't until 1974 that she decided to leave Wagoner's program as the popularity of her solo albums such as Joshua Coat, Many Colors and Jolene had outstripped their collaborative efforts. Parton composed I Will Always Love You for Wagoner in the aftermath of their breakup. The song reached the top of the charts at. The first time that a song hit the top spot.