Before Dolly Parton became the international icon she is today, she got her start as the resident “girl singer” on Country Music Hall of Fame member Porter Wagoner’s syndicated TV show, “The Porter Wagoner Show.” Each week, Dolly would sing solo numbers as well as duets with Porter, and she became an essential part of Porter’s act.
Dolly just posted this photo from her time on “The Porter Wagoner Show,” and it’s quite stunning to see such a fresh-faced, young Dolly in this shot.
Dolly writes in the caption, “You know that feeling when a photo just brings you back to that exact moment? This is one of those from my time on the The Porter Wagoner Show!”
Quite a few celebrities got a kick out of seeing this photo, too. Reba McEntire writes in the comments section, “I watched it every week,” while rising country singer Margo Price calls Dolly a “mega babe.”
Reese Witherspoon simply wrote, “Legend.”
A few other folks pointed out similarities between a young Dolly Parton and today’s crop of country stars. One fan writes, “Put a brown wig on Dolly, and it could be [Kacey Musgraves].” Another fan writes, “U look like Carrie Underwood there!”
Dolly’s tenure on “The Porter Wagoner Show” came to an end in 1974, and she wrote her iconic hit, “I Will Always Love You,” as a message to Porter upon leaving the show. That change coincided with Dolly’s career going into overdrive. She released her big hit, “Jolene,” that same year and would go on to true superstardom by the end of the ’70s with her crossover hit “Here You Come Again” and her role in the 1980 blockbuster film “9 to 5.”
Still, it’s fun to go back and look at Dolly in those early years and realize that her charm and talent have been there from day one. She reunited with Porter for his 50th anniversary as a Grand Ole Opry member in 2007. Here’s a clip of that emotional performance, which took place just a few months before Porter passed away on October 28, 2007.