Tuesday, June 25, 2013

"9 to 5" by Dolly Parton

#1 Alert!
Gold Record Alert!
Grammy Alert!
Rated 10 Alert!
Song#:  0426
Date:  11/29/1980
Debut:  73
Peak:  1 (2 weeks)
Weeks:  26
Genre:  Pop, Country Crossover, Soundtrack

Pop Bits:  Although she had been placing songs on the country chart since 1967, pop stardom eluded her until 1977 when she incorporated a sleeker pop sound to her songs and hit #3 with "Here You Come Again." The formula got her a few other pop chart songs but she would not return to the Top 10 until this theme song from the movie "9 to 5" was released. Thanks to the hit film and the success of this song, Parton really hit superstardom and has been an icon since.

ReduxReview:  This really is Dolly at her best. She never got much credit for her own songwriting back in the day, but it was songs like this that helped to get her the recognition she richly deserved. Everything about this song was spot-on and it turned into a classic song that has had longevity. Brilliant.


Trivia:  Triple Shot!  1) The song earned her four Grammy nomination including Song of the Year. She ended up winning two: one for Best Country Song and the other for Best Country Female Vocal.  2) The success of the song and the film led to Parton writing the music for a Broadway version that debuted in 2009. Parton received a Tony nomination for her work.  3) This song was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song.


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