Do you still remember when these two country legends, country queens I must say, performed a Tammy Wynette medley? Yes, it is indeed Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette together singing at Dolly’s show called “Dolly!“
For those who haven’t seen the footage of Parton and Wynette’s duet in 1988 yet, here’s the video clip.
The Duet: Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette
Aired in January 1988 at Dolly’s own show, Dolly!, Dolly Parton and Tammy Wynette once again reunited for a medley of songs sung by Wynette.
Before singing, in a short interview, Parton told Wynette that the audience is very happy to see Tammy on the show. Prior to the guesting, Tammy was one of the most requested by the audience to appear on Parton’s show. It then materialized in that year.
Having known each other for about twenty years, two of the Honky Tonk Angels then proceeded to sing Wynette’s number one songs. They sang a medley of Tammy’s hits: Stand By Your Man, Apartment No. 9, D-I-V-O-R-C-E, I Don’t Wanna Play House, and Your Good Girl’s Gonna Go Bad.
Both artists showed their vocal prowess and displayed true talent and musicality. Wynette performed the main lines of the songs while Parton harmonized with her. It was a total production and considered one of the best nights and episodes of the show.
Dolly!: Dolly Parton’s Show
Starring Dolly Parton, Dolly! is an American variety show that aired in first-run syndication during the 1976-77 season.
In the mid-1970s, Parton was approached by Bill Graham, president of Show Biz, Inc., the same company that produced The Porter Wagoner Show (on which Parton had costarred for seven years), and soon afterward the syndicated variety show Dolly was born.
Despite the work that went into the show and the diverse collection of guests, Parton was said to have been less than pleased with the end product, as she found herself singing standards like “My Funny Valentine” (which she felt didn’t suit her voice or musical style), and interacting with guests with whom she had little in common. She told Nash during a 1977 interview for the biography Dolly
“I liked all of the people that were on… but I would have had a totally different lineup of guests myself. It was really bad for me, that TV show. It was worse for me than good, because the people who didn’t know me who liked the show thought that’s how I was.. .I mean, I still come through as myself, even with all the other stuff, but not really like I should. Not my real, natural way. And the people who did know me thought I was crazy. They knew that wasn’t me. Including me. I didn’t know that woman on TV!”
The show lasted only one season despite very high ratings, falling apart when Parton asked out of her contract for a variety of reasons, including the toll that eighteen-hour days were taking on her vocal cords.