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Dolly Parton’s Inspiration for Her Song ‘Jolene’ Involves Her Husband

Singing legend Dolly Parton has an endless list of hit songs. From “I Will Always Love You” and “Two Doors Down” to “9 to 5” and “Islands in the Stream,” the music icon has launched classics in country, pop, and more recently, the inspirational genre.

Parton’s 1974 song “Jolene” may be considered one of her most famous, which was inspired by two different women.

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Dolly Parton’s advice on marriage

Married to Carl Dean since 1966, Parton’s husband tends to stay out of the spotlight. The singer revealed her husband has always preferred to keep things low key.

“When I met my husband, he wanted to take me out to dinner,” the Grammy winner shared, according to People. “He pulled up to the drive-in window and got our food at McDonald’s. … He only likes to go places where he can be comfortable!”

After 54 years of marriage, Parton apparently attributes some of their relationship’s success to the theory that absence makes the heart grow fonder.

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“I always joke and laugh when people ask me what’s the key to my long marriage and lasting love,” the singer remarked, noting her packed travel schedule. “I always say ‘Stay gone!’ and there’s a lot of truth to that … but we really enjoy each other when we’re together and the little things we do.”

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