Dolly Parton’s Coat of Many Colors airs Thursday (Dec. 10) on NBC, so to celebrate the upcoming TV film based on the life of the country music legend, we’re taking a look back at of the very best covers of one of Parton’s signature hits.
6. Susan McCann
Irish country singer Susan McCann recorded a slightly more upbeat version of the song to show her love for the legendary star. McCann’s version of the mega-hit now features on her compilation, My Heroes, a tribute album to a number of musicians who have inspired her throughout her career.
5. The Judds
Appearing on The Ralph Emery Show in the early 1980’s, The Judds took on Parton’s track for a stunning live performance of the song that Wynonna admitted reminds her of her father.
4. Keith Urban
The only solo male singer to make our list, Keith Urban performed the Parton song at the first ever annual We’re All For The Hall Benefit, which Urban Urban founded alongside Vince Gill in order to raise money for the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in 2009.
3. Emmylou Harris
Way back in 1975, just four years after Parton first released the autobiographical song, Emmylou Harris covered the track during a live performance. That same year, a studio version of the hit also appeared on Harris’ album, Pieces of the Sky.
2. Shania Twain
Back in 2006, Parton was honored at the 29th Kennedy Center Honors, which recognizes artists in the field of performing arts for their contributions to American culture. 3 years prior to her show stopping performance, the “Man! I Feel Like A Woman” singer also recorded a studio version of the very personal track for the Parton tribute album, Just Because I’m a Woman: Songs of Dolly Parton, with Alison Krauss.
1. Joey + Rory
Taking the #1 spot on our list, country duo Joey + Rory took to VEVO in 2014 to share their stunning cover of the song. The twosome performed the ballad live in association with WSMOnline as part of the Gaither Gospel Series.
Coat of Many Colors is set to air on NBC on 10th Dec. at 9/8c.