Dolly Parton was born on January 19, 1946, at Locust Ridge Tenn. She had a family of 12 kids. She had a vivid imagination that helped her escape from the savage realities of daily life. Before she was able to write and read, she began writing her own songs. After 8 years of age, she acquired her first guitar. When she was 11 years old She began singing at the Knoxville Tennessee radio station. She recorded her first album within the same calendar year Gold Band Records, a small independent label. Even though she was still at school, she already made a name of herself locally. The goal for her was to make her name more acknowledged. When she was graduating in 1964, she moved to Nashville. Dumb Blonde, Something Fishy and Dumb Blonde both charted on Monument Records in 1967. Porter Wagoner, a syndicated TV show host at the time, was in search for a singer on his show. Parton began her career in 1966, joined RCA Records in 1968, and the Grand Ole Opry was founded in the year 1969. She left Wagoner's show, but in 1974, because her albums on her own like Joshua Coat Of Many Colors and Jolene exceeded the sales of their joint albums. Parton composed I Will Always love You to Wagoner in the aftermath of their breakup. It reached number one. The first time it made it to Number 1 was in 1974.