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