They began working together after Parton earned a spot on Wagoner's weekly tv program The Porter Wagoner Show. Parton and Wagoner went on to record many albums together until Parton decided to go solo in 1974.
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The "Jolene" singer wrote her classic hit, "I Will Always Love You," as a way of saying goodbye to her former manager and professional partner. Wagoner ended up filing a breach of contract lawsuit against Parton for leaving the show, which caused the two to be estranged for many years. Parton and Wagoner reconciled shortly before Wagoner's death in 2007.
Comedy Central has provided a much different take on Parton and Wagoner's story in a clip from their own tv series, Drunk History. If you've never seen the show before, a narrator attempts to recall notable events in history while intoxicated. Actors then reenact the series of events, as told by the narrator, and hilarity ensues. This specific episode also included stories of Lewis and Clark (played by Tony Hale and Taran Killam) with Aubrey Plaza playing Sacagawea.
Seth Weitberg, liquor bottle in hand, picks up the story when Parton is trying to figure out how to tell Wagoner that she is leaving the show. Parton is played by Casey Wilson (wearing a crazy wig) and Wagoner is played by Rich Fulcher (also in a crazy wig).
Although I can't say this is the most historically accurate version of what happened between these two country stars, it's definitely one of the most hilarious retellings ever recorded. Especially when Parton walks into the RCA office and informs them she's pursuing a solo career, leaving the tv show to star in moves and wanted to bridge the gap between pop and country music.
Click below to see Drunk History's version of what happened between Dolly and Porter and try not laughing at this drunken explanation for how Dolly Parton's solo career launched.
WARNING: This clip contains strong language.
This post was originally published on August 26, 2015.
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