Why Dolly Parton turned down Princess Kate’s tea invitation

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As we all know from November 1980, Dolly Parton she has a very strict work schedule: As she has told the world in her fascinating series, business is done from “9 to 5.” (What a way to make a living, etc.) And those hours are not flexible, even for the same Princess Kate.

In a recent interview with BBC Radio 2, according to the Daily Mail, Parton revealed that she had traveled to London for work, and that her schedule was full. So full that not only did she not have time to send her visitor on, but she had to decline a royal invitation.

“This time, Lordy, I was even invited to have tea with Kate but I couldn’t even go,” the 77-year-old said. “I thought it was very sweet and nice of her to invite me and one of these days I’m going to do that – that would be great.” “

But, again, Parton didn’t achieve legendary status without eyeing the award: “But she wasn’t going to promote my rock album so I had to say no,” she said. joke

And yes, you heard that right: A country music legend is releasing a rock album. This is her 49th studio album, but her first in the rock category. Named, appropriately enough, Rockstar, the disc is slated for release in November 2023, and the 30-title tracklist has already been revealed. Parton included nine original tracks and 21 covers and duets of classic tracks, from her own version of “Wrecking Ball” to Goddess Miley Cyrusoriginal performer of the song, “Every Breath You Take” by Stopand even “Stairway to Heaven,” which, in the list notes, “(Feat. Lizzo and Sasha flute).” She will even fulfill the classic concert request to play “Free Bird”!” – with Ronnie van Zant, Gary Rossington, Artimus Pyle, and the Artimus Pyle Band, no less.

The album makes good on a comment Parton made last year, when she was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, despite previously asking not to be considered.

“Mostly people [say] ‘Dolly rocks’ or ‘you rock’ or ‘you’re a rock star,'” she said. “I thought they just meant I was cool, and I took that as a big compliment. But now I have to take it literally!”

She vowed to “earn my title,” and even said, “Now I might have to call my record Rockstar!”

And lo, Dolly spoke, and the world obeyed: A year later, in May 2023, she announced the album. One of her wishes from that prophetic Hall of Fame rumor, however, remains unfulfilled.

“I’ve always wanted to do the song ‘Satisfaction,'” she said at the time. “That’s one of my husband’s favorite songs. And I might have to slow down Mike [Jagger]and guys up there to help me sing it. Hopefully we’ll both be long enough when I get to this record that he’ll come sing with me, and I might have to use The Rolling Stones to play behind me.”

Well, Jagger is still around, and Parton Yes does “Satisfaction” on the album, but she’s with it Brandi Carlisle and pink by the way, not the Stones. It seems she tried and tried and tried and tried, but she just couldn’t get it.

We can only imagine that Princess Kate and the lonely, empty setting of her tea party can relate.

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