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Dolly Parton Reveals How She Convinced Beatles’ Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to Be On Her Rock Album

Dolly Parton Reveals How She Convinced Beatles’ Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to Be On Her Rock Album

Following the release of her new album Rockstar, Dolly Parton revealed how she convinced Beatles bandmates Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to be part of the record. 

During a recent interview with NPR, Parton spoke about the love note she sent to the music duo. “I just sent them a note through their managers,” she explained. “And I just said what I was doing.”

Dolly Parton also said that she tried to not pressure McCartney and Starr about their participation in her first-ever rock album. “I said, ‘I didn’t want to put you on the spot, but I’d love to have you sing with me on my rock album.  And if you’re interested, call me at this number. And all the people I reached out to said, ‘Yes, we’d love to.”

Parton noted that she was very honored, proud, and humbled by McCartney and Starr collaborating with her. She and the Beatles bandmates performed a cover of the 1970 track Let It Be with Peter Frampton and Mick Fleetwood. 

Dolly Parton also issued a statement about she, McCartney, and Starr working together. “Well, does it get any better than singing ‘Let It Be’ with Paul McCartney who wrote the song? Not only that, he played piano! Well, it did get even better when Ringo Starr joined in on drums, Peter Frampton on guitar, and Mick Fleetwood played percussion. I mean, seriously, how much better does it get? Thanks, guys!”

Parton also collaborated with Miley Cyrus, Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, Chris Stapleton, and Elton John for the album. 

Dolly Parton Created ‘Rockstar’ For Her Husband

In Nov. 2022, Dolly Parton told People she wanted to create a rock album for her husband, Carl Thomas Dean. She has been married to her notoriously private husband for nearly 60 years. This was also after she was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

“I was doing the rock ’n’ album because of him,” she stated at the time. “I had often thought about doing a rock ’n’ roll album for him with his favorite songs. And so when [the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction] came about, I decided that I was gonna go ahead and do it. It was just a perfect storm. OK, it’s time.” 

Dolly Parton then noted she wanted to live up to her induction by creating a rock ’n’ roll album consisting of collaborations with rock ’n’ roll greats. “I’m gonna actually pull on some of the greats and do a lot of the great rock songs.”