The Early Years
Robert Lee Parton Jr was born on May 15, 1947, in Sevierville, Tennessee. He was the fourth of 12 children born to Avie Lee Caroline and Robert Lee Parton Sr. His parents were farmers and struggled to make ends meet, but they instilled a strong work ethic in their children.
As a young boy, Robert Jr had a passion for music. He learned to play guitar and began performing at local venues. He also sang in church and school choirs. Despite his talent, he faced many challenges due to his poverty and lack of formal education.
The Rise to Fame
In the late 1960s, Robert Jr’s career began to take off. He signed a record deal with Monument Records and began releasing singles. His breakthrough came in 1973 with the release of “Jolene”, which became a chart-topping hit.
Robert Jr’s success continued throughout the 1970s and 1980s with hits like “I Will Always Love You” and “Coat of Many Colors”. He also became a successful actor, appearing in films like “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” and “Steel Magnolias”.
Robert Jr’s impact on country music and popular culture cannot be overstated. He was a pioneer who broke down barriers and paved the way for future generations. His music has touched the lives of millions and continues to be celebrated today.
In addition to his musical and acting career, Robert Jr was also a philanthropist. He founded the Dollywood Foundation, which provides literacy programs to children in need. He also donated millions of dollars to various charities and organizations.
Robert Jr was married to his wife, Carl Dean, for over 50 years. They had no children together but were devoted to each other. Robert Jr was also a loving father to his five siblings who survived into adulthood.
Robert Lee Parton Jr was a true legend who left a lasting impact on the world. His talent, generosity, and resilience continue to inspire people today. He will always be remembered as one of the greatest country music artists of all time.