Why Dolly Parton Became Miserable At Linda Ronstadt’s Party

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Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt, though collaborators on two albums, didn’t always see eye to eye when it came to social circles. Parton, a stalwart in the country music scene, had seamlessly transitioned into mainstream success by the late 1970s, all while retaining her genuine charm and authenticity. Yet, amidst the glitz and glamour of celebrity gatherings, she often felt out of place.

Dolly Parton’s Unease at Linda Ronstadt’s Celebrity Gatherings

Reflecting on Parton’s discomfort in such settings, her guitarist Don Roth shed light on her apprehensions. “If she seemed snooty, it’s because she was scared… scared of big city people and New York, to begin with,” he revealed. Parton’s unease was palpable, particularly at parties hosted by Ronstadt, where the presence of major artists only amplified her feelings of alienation.

“She’s often said when she goes to a party at Ronstadt’s house, she just wants to get out of there as soon as possible,” Roth disclosed. Despite well-meaning encouragement from others to embrace such networking opportunities, Parton remained steadfast in her preference for a simpler, more grounded lifestyle.

Her Firm Stance: Never Moving to Los Angeles

Raised in rural Tennessee, Parton’s connection to her roots remained unwavering, even as she navigated the glittering world of show business. “There is not a lick of danger of me doing that,” she asserted adamantly when asked about the prospect of relocating to Beverly Hills. “I am as stubborn as a mule. I have my own idea about who I am, and what I am,” she declared with characteristic Southern resolve.

Despite her aversion to urban living, fate would eventually lead Parton to both New York and Los Angeles, albeit temporarily. Yet, throughout her ventures into city life, she maintained a steadfast allegiance to her Tennessee roots, keeping a home base in the countryside.

Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt’s Collaborative Album Journey

However, despite her discomfort in certain social settings, Parton harbored genuine admiration for Ronstadt as an artist. Their collaboration on Parton’s variety show and subsequent recording of two albums as part of a trio with Emmylou Harris showcased their musical synergy.

Reflecting on their collaboration, Parton recounted, “We all thought so and tried to coordinate everything to do just that, several years before the Trio album actually happened.” The culmination of their partnership resulted in the release of “Trio” in 1987 and “Trio II” in 1999, solidifying their place in music history as a harmonious trio whose collective talents transcended social barriers.

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