Believe it or not, but Dolly Parton almost didn’t record her 1977 No. 1 hit “Here You Come Again.”
Parton’s manager Sandy Gallin made the surprising admission in a rare new interview on Andy Cohen’s SiriusXM radio show Radio Andy, where he revealed that the star had serious concerns about recording the hit because she initially feared it would “turn off the country market.”
“She said a monkey could record this song and have a hit with it,” Gallin told Cohen, adding that Parton was “very loyal” to country fans and was worried that the pop-leaning country ballad may make it look like she was “turning her back” on country music.
But despite her hesitation, Gallin revealed that he eventually coerced the star into recording what would go on to become one of her biggest hits by striking up a pretty huge deal.
“If the song is not No. 1 country and No. 1 pop, I never get into your music again,” Gallin remembered telling Parton in the 70’s, and, of course, the singer agreed to the condition and hit the studio.
“Here You Come Again” went on to become a huge hit for the country legend, staying at No. 1 for five weeks on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles and peaking at No. 3 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100. The song also nabbed Parton her first ever Grammy award in 1979, where she took home the award for best female country vocal.