NASHVILLE, USA – Renowned country singer and songwriter Dolly Parton has added three more Guinness World Records to her already impressive list of achievements, further cementing her status as a legend in the country music industry.
Parton, 77, was recognized for her latest accomplishments during a ceremony held in Nashville on Wednesday, June 1, 2023 “I am humbled every time I receive a new Guinness World Record title,” the “Jolene” singer said. “I share these three new honours with my fans, who have allowed me to enjoy such a long career.”
The three records broken by the “9 to 5” singer are as follows:
- Longest span of No. 1 hits on the U.S. top country album chart (female): Parton’s recent chart-topper, “A Holly Dolly Christmas,” spent a staggering 43 years and 156 days at No. 1, surpassing her own previous record. This achievement pushes Parton ahead of Reba McEntire and Shania Twain, putting her behind only Johnny Cash and Merle Haggard.
- Most studio albums released by a female country singer: The prolific artist has released an impressive 65 albums, from her 1967 debut “Hello, Dolly” to her 2022 release “Run, Rose, Run.”
- Most top 10 entries on Billboard’s U.S. top country albums chart (female): Her first top 10 appearance was alongside Porter Wagoner with “Just Between You and Me” in 1968. Her 2022 album “Diamonds & Rhinestones: The Greatest Hits Collection” became her 48th top 10 entry on the Billboard country albums chart.
“Celebrating the longevity and success of Dolly Parton’s remarkable career with three more Guinness World Records titles was incredible,” adjudicator Michael Empric said in an announcement released by Guinness.
These latest accolades bring her Guinness World Record count to 10. Her previous records include most decades with a top 20 hit on the U.S. hot country songs chart, most No. 1 hits on the U.S. hot country songs chart by a female artist, and most decades on the U.S. hot country songs chart (female), among others.
Known for her humility as much as for her talent, Parton famously turned down a proposal for a statue in her honour in her home state of Tennessee in 2021.
In 2022, she initially declined her induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, although she eventually accepted.
Parton’s fans worldwide will no doubt be celebrating these latest honours, which continue to recognize her exceptional talent and contributions to the country music industry.