Parton’s work with Wagoner also helped her land a contract with RCA Records. Parton scored her first No. 1 country hit in 1971 with “Joshua.” More hits soon followed, including 1973’s “Jolene” and 1974’s “I Will Always Love You”—now one of Parton’s signature songs. She won the Country Music Award for female vocalist in 1975 and 1976.
In 1977, Parton had her first cross-over smash with the uptempo but bittersweet “Here You Come Again.” The song reached the top of both the pop and country charts. She also received her first Grammy Award for her performance of this tune.
Below is a collection of 20 beautiful vintage photos of Dolly Parton during the 1970s.