On an appearance on Late Night,Dolly Parton chatted about Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, and gave us a special version of Jolene.
Parton has been making rounds promoting her new Netflix series, Heartstrings. She told Seth Meyers about the time she met Cash,
“He was the sexiest thing I’d ever seen, I was 13 years old. I was looking at him and I was feeling all these things that you feel. That’s the first time I really understood what sex appeal really was.”
Meyer’s three-year-old is obsessed with Parton’s classic, Jolene, and so Dolly offering an impromptu version of the chorus,
“This is for my gay crowd….
‘Drag Queen, Drag Queen, Drag Queen, Drag Queen. Please don’t take him just because you can…’”
Parton said, explaining the song’s origin story,
“When my husband and I first got married, there was this beautiful girl who worked at the bank, she had everything I didn’t, like long legs, she was tall and beautiful, and he would just spend a lot of time down there. And I thought, ‘I know we ain’t got that kind of money!’”
Parton explained that he claimed his frequent bank visits were to secure a loan for his asphalt paving company, but she insisted he start talking to male bank tellers, or else, as she put it,
“It’s gonna be your ass AND your fault.”
Seth then asked her,
“What would you do today if you ran into another Jolene-type with your husband?”
Dolly shot back,
“Oh I’d just hide his Viagra.”
Parton also said she refused Elvis the rights to record I Will Always Love You because she didn’t want to give up half the publishing rights let that “Fool Cash In…”
(Photo, screen grab; via Gaily Grind)