Back to Members in the News

Dolly Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors” added to National Recording Registry

May 31 2012

Congratulations to 1986 Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame member Dolly Parton, who’s song “Coat of Many Colors” was added to The Library of Congress National Recording Registry. Each year the Library of Congress selects 25 recordings that are at least 10 years old and are “historically,” culturally,” or “aesthetically significant.” Including this year, the Registry will now have 350 recordings.

The goal of the National Recording Registry is to preserve these selections for future generations. To be considered, nominations are submitted online from the public and the National Recording Preservation Board which comprises leaders from the fields of music, recorded sound and preservation.

The autobiographical “Coat of Many Colors,” recounts an impoverished childhood in Tennesee and the love of her family. Parton has called “Coat of Many Colors’ the favorite of her songs because of the attitude and philosophy it reflects.

Parton has 41 top 10 country albums and 25 #1 hits. She has written and performed some of the most classic songs over five decades including, “Jolene,” “Coat of Many Colors,” “9 to 5,” “I Will Always Love You,” and “Here You Come Again.”