Imagine you’re just chillin’ in a New York City subway station and suddenly Miley Cyrus and Jimmy Fallon appear to sing Dolly Parton’s legendary 1973 song “Jolene.” It seems surreal and like a crazy dream, doesn’t it?
Well for one crowd of subway riders, it was a reality. When the pop star was only 24 years old, she and Fallon donned dark wings, sunglasses, and hats for an impromptu appearance. We’re not sure how many people were actually fooled, though. Miley Cyrus’s distinctive and husky voice is pretty recognizable.
Miley Cyrus and “Jolene”
This isn’t the first time Miley Cyrus performed “Jolene.” Her voice seems a natural fit for the popular song. With any luck, she’ll record it and we’ll all have something new to add to our playlists.
Released in October 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” has been covered by lots of artists, including Olivia Newton-John. Also, John Mayer covered “Jolene” with Norah Jones and Keith Urban at the 2011 Grammy Awards. It’s a difficult song to cover.
Nominated for two Grammy Awards, “Jolene” didn’t originally win the coveted award. However, 43 years after its original release, the song earned Dolly Party a Grammy for a unique rendition. Dolly covered her own song with A Capella group Pentatonix. The award they won was for Best Country Duo/Group Performance.
“Jolene” was Dolly’s second number-one single on the U.S. country charts. s of December 2019, “Jolene” has sold 935,000 digital copies in the U.S. and 255,300 in the U.K.
Miley Cyrus and Jimmy Fallon Sing “Jolene” in the NYC Subway
Fallon played a pretty good tambourine alongside Miley. Then, when they tore off their hats, the crowd went wild and Miley said:
“This is my first time at the subway station,” she told the disbelieving crowd. “This is exciting s—t for me.”
Miley Cyrus is Dolly Parton’s goddaughter and she loves performing this amazing song. Watch this amazing video below.