Blonde, flamboyant country singer who released twenty-six #1 Billboard hits, including "Jolene," "Coat of Many Colors," and "9 to 5."
She received the nickname The Queen of Country Music, after releasing more #1 hits than any other country singer in U.S. history.
She composed the hit song, "I Will Always Love You" with Whitney Houston.
She grew up alongside eleven brothers and sisters in a one-room cabin in Appalachia, Tennessee; she learned to sing at church.
She married Carl Dean on May 30, 1966 after meeting him in a laundromat in 1964.