Hello, I’m Dolly is the debut studio album by American singer-songwriter Dolly Parton. It was released in September 1967, by Monument Records. The album’s two hit singles are largely credited with bringing Parton to the attention of Porter Wagoner, who, in September 1967, would invite Parton to join his band and appear on his weekly television show.
The album was reissued by Monument in 1972 as a two LP set with 1970’s As Long as I Love under the title The World of Dolly Parton. It was reissued on CD in 1988 as The World of Dolly Parton, Volume One. The album was released as a digital download on December 4, 2015.
The album contains Parton’s versions of three songs she had written that had already been hits for other artists; “Put It Off Until Tomorrow” (Bill Phillips), “Fuel to the Flame” (Skeeter Davis), and “I’m in No Condition” (Hank Williams Jr.).
Following the success of Parton’s singles and being signed to appear on Porter Wagoner’s show, Billboard published a review of the album in the issue dated October 28, 1967, saying, “Dolly Parton has a little girl voice but it’s Lolita in style on the honky-tonking, carousing “Dumb Blonde”. She also does extremely well on “I Wasted My Tears”, “I Don’t Want to Throw Rice”, Something Fishy” and “Fuel to the Flame”.
Cashbox published a review which said, “Dolly Parton could have a big winner in her possession with this striking album. Singing at the top of her form throughout the entire set, the lark offers “Dumb Blonde”, “Put It Off Until Tomorrow”, “Fuel to the Flame”, “The Giving and the Taking”, and eight others. Give this one a careful listen. It should pull in a healthy amount of chart action.”
The album peaked at No. 11 on the US Billboard Hot Country Albums chart.
The first single from the album, “The Little Things”, was released in June 1966 and failed to chart. “Dumb Blonde” was released as a single in November 1966, and gave Parton her first top 40 hit, peaking at No. 24 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. The album’s third single, “Something Fishy”, was released in May 1967 and peaked at No. 17 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, becoming Parton’s first top 20 hit. (by wikipedia)
The charismatic Dolly Parton came on strong with these early session for Monument. At least half the songs are among her classics, while the rest of the material is hardly weak. The pedal steel playing is fantastic, and it would be worth the research to find out who the session men were, as they have gone uncredited on the original release, as well as subsequent repackagings. (In one two-fer release combining this album with As Long as I Love, the label squandered the inner gatefold on self-advertising rather than provide any information about these wonderful sessions.) The personality that Parton brought to her material is here in full force. “Dumb Blonde” and “Something Fishy” are the wisecracking, smart-cookie side of Parton, while “The Company You Keep”and “I’ve Lived My Life” show how adept she is at cramming country songs full of moralizing while providing the listener with plenty of enjoyment. (by Eugene Chadbourne)
Dolly Parton (vocals)
a bunch of unknown studio musicians
01. Dumb Blonde (Putman) 2.27
02. Your Ole Handy Man (Parton) 2.11
03. I Don’t Wanna Throw Rice (Owens/Parton) 2.23
04. Put It Off Until Tomorrow (Owens/Parton) 2.18
05. I Wasted My Tears (Owens/Parton) 2.16
06. Something Fishy (Parton) 2.05
07. Fuel To The Flame (Owens/Parton) 2.40
08. The Giving And The Taking (Owens/Parton) 2.25
09. I’m In No Condition (Parton) 2.11
10. The Company You Keep (Owens/Parton) 2.35
11. I’ve Lived My Life (Dillon) 2.37
12. The Little Things (Owens/Parton) 2.25