America’s sweetheart Dolly Parton is one of the greatest singers of all time and one of the few female country music legends. She has had a number of massive hits that have got meaningful stories behind them. Aside from being a fantastic singer, performer, and entertainer, Parton is a great songwriter who uses the pen as an instrument to express her thoughts and emotions. As a songwriter, she is original, a genius of her own. However, this does not mean that she doesn’t do covers or render versions of others’ songs.
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One of the best songs rendered by Parton yet remains unpopular is the iconic song of SSGT Barry Sadler in 1966 entitled “The Ballad of the Green Berets“. It is a patriotic song in ballad style as a tribute to the elite special force of the U.S. Army called Green Berets. In fact, it is one of the few famous songs about the Vietnam War years that gives a positive light to the U.S. military.
Parton Pays Tribute to the Special Forces
In 2003, Dolly Parton recorded her own version of the song. Before singing the hit, she opens with a message. She narrates about her appreciation to the armed forces. Further, Parton says that she has a lot of friends in the 101st Airborne in the 5th special forces at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Whenever she has time, she goes there and visits them. She then explains that the guys in the special forces are usually the first ones to go into the war and often the last ones to get out.
In honor of the special forces of the country, Parton performs this song. She believes that the army doesn’t really get the recognition they deserve. Through this song, she wants them to know that they are so much appreciated.
We at Country Thang Daily also go hand in hand with Dolly Parton. We believe that our soldiers have greatly done their best to put us to where we are now. It is certainly but right to honor and give them the recognition they deserve. To all our fallen soldiers as well as those who are still living, we give you all the credit for all the services you’ve rendered for the country. Long live, and God bless your hearts!
Listen to Dolly Parton’s version of SSGT Barry Sadler’s “The Ballad of the Green Berets” below: