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Studio album by Dolly Parton
Released February 1974
Recorded RCA Studios, Nashville, June 1973
Genre Country
Length 24:39
Label RCA
Producer Bob Ferguson
Professional reviews
Dolly Parton chronology
Love Is Like a Butterfly
Singles from Jolene
  1. "Jolene"
    Released: November 3, 1973
  2. "I Will Always Love You"
    Released: April 6, 1974

Jolene is a 1974 Dolly Parton album, produced by Bob Ferguson.

The title track "Jolene" tells the tale of a housewife confronting a beautiful seductress who she believes is having an affair with her husband. It became Parton's second solo number-one country single; it also was a moderate pop hit for her, and also did well in the United Kingdom. It has been covered by numerous performers.

The album was released around the time Parton was embarking on a solo career, after having spent seven years as part of Porter Wagoner's weekly TV series and road show, and one of the album's songs, "I Will Always Love You", was reportedly written to express the remorse Parton felt over the professional breakup. Released as the album's second single, it also became a number-one country single. In 1992, Whitney Houston's version of "I Will Always Love You" was a mega-hit pop ballad.

Two of the album's songs had been released on previous Parton albums: "Early Morning Breeze" was a remixed version of a recording which had first appeared on 1971's Coat of Many Colors album (the Jolene version was remixed to more prominently featuret the bass and electric steel), while "Lonely Coming Down" had first appeared on Parton's Wagoner tribue album, My Favorite Songwriter: Porter Wagoner from 1972.

Another re-issue was released in conjunction with Dolly's 2007 European Tour along with two other older albums. This re-issue included additional previously unreleased songs.

Track listing

All songs were written by Dolly Parton, except where noted.

  1. "Jolene" – recorded June 12, 1973
  2. "When Someone Wants to Leave" – recorded December 1973
  3. "River of Happiness" – recorded December 1973
  4. "Early Morning Breeze" – recorded December 1970
  5. "Highlight of My Life" – recorded December 3, 1973
  6. "I Will Always Love You" – recorded June 1973
  7. "Lonely Coming Down" (Porter Wagoner) – recorded May 3, 1972
  8. "Randy" – recorded December 1973
  9. "Living on Memories of You" – recorded December 1973
  10. "It Must Be You" (Blaise Tosti) – recorded January 12, 1973
    Additional tracks appearing on reissue
  11. "Cracker Jack" – previously unreleased, recorded June 1973; Parton performed the song on a 1976 episode of The Captain Kangaroo Show.
  12. "Another Woman's Man" – previously unreleased, recorded June 14, 1973
  13. "Barbara On Your Mind" – previously unreleased, recorded June 1973; Parton rerecorded this song in 1982 for inclusion on Heartbreak Express.
  14. "Last Night's Lovin'" – previously unreleased, recorded June 1973


  • Dolly Parton – vocals, guitar
  • Jimmy Colvard – guitar
  • Dave Kirby – guitar
  • Bobby Thompson – guitar
  • Chip Young – guitar
  • Pete Drake – pedal steel guitar
  • Stu Basore – pedal steel guitar
  • Bobby Dyson – bass
  • Jerry Carrigan – drums
  • Larrie Londin – drums
  • Ralph Gallant – drums
  • Kenny Malone – drums
  • Buck Trent – banjo
  • Mack Magaha – fiddle
  • Johnny Gimble – fiddle
  • Hargus "Pig" Robbins – piano
  • David Briggs – piano
  • Onie Wheeler – harmonica
  • Background vocals – The Nashville Edition

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