1974Released
2:41

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Interesting facts and trivia about Jolene. By Songfacts®.

The title was inspired by an encounter with a 10-year-old fan. "She had this beautiful red hair, this beautiful skin, these beautiful green eyes, and she was looking up at me, holding [out] for an autograph," Parton recalled to NPR in 2008. "I said, 'Well, you're the prettiest little thing I ever saw. So what is your name?' And she said, 'Jolene.' And I said, 'Jolene. Jolene. Jolene. Jolene. That is pretty. That sounds like a song. I'm going to write a song about that.'"

This was written and recorded around the time Parton was leaving one-time singing partner and manager Porter Wagoner. The song became the first of five consecutive #1 Country hits and created momentum as Dolly embarked on her solo career. It was also the only one out of the five to cross over to the American Pop charts.

Some of the many artists who have covered this: The White Stripes, Reba McEntire, Olivia Newton-John and 10,000 Maniacs.

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Song Analysis

Key, BPM (tempo) and time signature of Jolene.
C♯Key
MinorMode
4/4Time Signature
111BPM

Album

The album Jolene is released on.

Released By

The record label that has released Jolene.
RLG/Legacy
(P) 1974 Sony Music Entertainment

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