According to Dolly Parton, there is someone that looks more like Dolly Parton than she does.
While promoting her new children’s album, “I Believe In You”, the country superstar stopped by SirusXM’s Kid’s Place Live radio show and told stories of her childhood and how she lost a Dolly Parton look-alike contest.
One of Parton’s favourite childhood memories, she explained, involved a “Tiny Tassel Top” corn-doll which turned into a song, “My first song, I wrote when I was 5-years-old,” she told host Mindy. “It was actually before I could write. My mama kept it but I could rhyme.”
“We grew corn, and we would shell it and daddy would take it to the mill. So we would always have these little cobs,” she continued. “And I remember this one particular time we’d been shelling, so we had the corn tassels, and we had the shucks laying over there. And I wanted a doll. So, anyway daddy took this cob and he burnt some eye holes in it with the hot poker from the fire and made it some little eyes. Mama wrapped the shucks back around it, made it like a little dress, and she put the little corn tassels on top. And I named it ‘Tiny Tassel Top,’ and mama kept it… Because I was always good at rhyming.”
And the song, “Little Tiny Tassle Top. You’re the only friend I got. Hope you never go away. I want you to stay,” Parton sang.
With that unmistakable voice, one would never mistake Dolly for Dolly. But in a look-alike contest, Parton actually lost, “One time, I did dress up in costume. You know, I was like just over-exaggerating my own self in a Dolly Parton look-alike contest,” she confessed. “And I lost the contest. It’s true. I lost the Dolly Parton look-alike contest.”
“I Believe in You” is available now.