“Jolene” is one of Dolly Parton’s most famous songs. Released in 1973, its upbeat tempo encourages people to tap their feet while she tells a heartbreaking story.
Released in 1973, Dolly Parton herself wrote “Jolene.” In 2004, the song was ranked one of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time by Rolling Stone.
Jolene is a beautiful woman that’s caught the attention of Parton’s man. Claiming she pales in comparison, Parton tells a story of a red-headed woman at the bank who was trying to hook up with Dolly’s husband. Apparently “Jolene” is based on a true story.
Dolly Parton Singing “Jolene” Live
Here’s the original version with Dolly singing it live.
While it’s a sad song, it’s certainly peppy enough to sway your hips to.
Slow the song down to 33 rates per minute, however, and Parton’s pleas tug at our hearts a little too much. Her voice is drawn out and even sounds a bit masculine. One could even say it’s a bit macabre.
Maybe it’s time to try that with more vinyl records, especially since they’re making a big comeback.
“Jolene” Slowed Down to 33 RPM
Watch this amazing video to hear “Jolene” slowed down to 33 RPM.
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