Dolly Parton was born on January 19th, 1946 located in Locust Ridge Tenn. She lived with 12 other children. She had a vivid imagination that enabled her to escape the savage realities of daily life. The songs she wrote were composed before she learned to write or read. The first time she picked up a guitar was at age 8 and began singing on a Knoxville Tenn radio station at 11 years old. That same year, she recorded her debut album Gold Band Records an independent small-scale label. Although she was at school, she already established herself on the local scene. However, her goal was to become better recognized. The day after she graduated in 1964, she relocated to Nashville. Her first charting recordings on Monument Records included Dumb Blonde and Something Fishy both in 1967. Porter Wagoner had been looking for a female vocalist to be a part of his syndicated show in the years prior to this. Parton was hired in 1967 was signed to RCA Records by 1968, becoming a member of the Grand Ole Opry. However she left Wagoner's show in 1974, as her own songs like Joshua Coat of Many Colors and Jolene were out-charting their collaborations. The two split in 1974, Parton wrote the song I Will Always Love You for Wagoner and it made it to number. #1 for the first time in 1974.