She wrote the songs – let’s start big this year!

Dolly Parton.

Do I need to say any more? She’s a music legend for a reason.

Below I’ve listed some of my favourites written by her, and I’ve included some covers of her songs as well. Enjoy!

Coat of many colors


  • The White Stripes singing Jolene
  • Norah Jones singing Jolene
  • Laura Marling & Mumford & Sons singing Jolene

I Will Always Love You

Eagle When She Flies

Yellow roses

Two Doors Down 

Kentucky Gambler

Do I ever cross your mind

Two Sides to Every Story  (with Porter Wagoner)

No Reason To Hurry Home (with Porter Wagoner) 

Poor Folks Town

Nine to Five

 Jeannie’s Afraid Of The Dark (with Porter Wagoner)

I’ve Been Married Just As Long As You Have (with Porter Wagoner) 

Unlikely Angel

Somebody’s Missing You

I Will Forever Hate Roses

Marry Me!

Apple Jack

More Where That Came From (with Loretta Lynn and Tammy Wynette)

Let Her Fly

Nickels and Dimes

Second Best

Just The Way I Am

The Bridge

Don’t Let it Trouble Your Mind

Just Because I’m a Woman

The Seeker

Love Is Like a Butterfly

The Bargain Store

And check out these songs for which Dolly was the writer but not singer:






She wrote the songs – Golden girl

Lotti Golden is a cult icon of the late 60s music scene. She was one of the creative women that began to demand that their share of the spotlight shine on the unique perspective of women, not just on women’s voices singing men’s words. I found her in my early 20s when I ended up with a record someone gave me. That record is lost. Sadly, she isn’t on iTunes (unless I’m doing something wrong) so she won’t be found by another generation of women. As my favour to you, I’m going to share her.

From her 1969 album Motor-cycle:

Gonna Fay’s

A Lot Like Lucifer

This is also a great song, from a 1971 album:

Staircase between the floors

Or this song also from 1971:

 Sock It To Me Baby-It’s Your Thing

In the 80s she moved into writer producer roles, and co-wrote some fabulous songs.

Brenda K. Starr ‎- Pickin’ Up Pieces

Warp 9 – Beat Wave 

Diana Ross – Dirty looks

E.G. Daily – Some People

I hope you enjoyed this little intro to an artist that isn’t in the spotlight anymore. See if you can find her music elsewhere. I know I’m going to keep looking for her in discount LP bins every chance I get.