I was trapped in a Dolly Parton Youtube hole yesterday, and while watching an old Dollegend interview from the ’70s with Barbara Walters I realized that Dolly is the original everybody.
Dolly being the original Gaga/Nicki/Katy/Etc.
Barbara: “You don’t have to look like this. You’re very beautiful. You don’t have to wear the blonde wigs, you don’t have to wear the extreme clothes.”
Dollegend: “It’s certainly a choice. I don’t like to be like everybody else. I’ve often made the statement that I’d never stoop so low as to be fashionable because that’s the easiest thing in the world to do. So I just decided that I’d do something that would at least get the attention, [and] once they got past the shock of the ridiculous way that I looked and all that then they’d see that there was parts of me to be appreciated.”
Dolly being the original Miley:
Barbara: “Do you ever feel that you’re a joke? That people make fun of you?”
Dollegend: “Oh, I know they make fun of me. But actually, all these years, people have thought that the joke’s on me, but it’s actually been on the public. I know exactly what I’m doing and I can change it at any time… I am sure of myself as a person. I’m sure of my talent… I’m very content.”
Dolly being the original Taylor and Shania:
Barbara: “I hear folks back home saying, ‘She’s gone Hollywood. Dolly’s changed.’ Tell us about all that.”
Dollegend: “I’m not making a crossover from country to pop, I’m trying to be accepted in the pop field, as well as the country field. I feel my music is it’s own music, just like I’m my own person. I write ’em, I sing ’em, I have my own way of singin’ ’em, my own way of doin’ it. And as a businessperson I like to think that there’s more money to be made than the money I’ve been making. I’ve been working too hard, too long, for too little.”
“When you say that you can make millions compared to thousands, and if you are going to be in this business, if you are talented, if you do love it, why not touch as many people? My dream was always to make as many people happy as I could in this life… I want to be a star. A universal star. I would like to be a superstar. So in order to be a superstar, you can’t just be a superstar in one area. That means you have to appeal to a majority of people.”
So basically Dolly did everything that your fave is doing now, except she did it first and way better.