Rewinding the Charts: In 1981, Dolly Parton Worked ‘9 to five’ to No. 1 on the Hot 100

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The smash hit and movie helped remodel Parton right into a pop-culture star.

After an opportunity encounter with Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda on a flight to New York helped Dolly Parton land a starring position within the 1980 female-empowerment comedy 9 to five, the nation music star discovered herself at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the primary time with the movie's theme track of the identical title.

Parton wrote the tune to assist go time on set (as she discovered the tempo of filming slower and fewer stimulating than that of a musical performer), and it topped the Hot Country Songs chart on Jan. 24, 1981, and the Hot 100 on Feb. 21. It turned solely the second track by a feminine artist to guide each lists, after Jeannie C. Riley's "Harper Valley P.T.A." in 1968. At the 24th annual Grammy Awards, "9 to five" received for finest nation track and finest nation vocal efficiency, feminine.

Meanwhile, the success of the movie, which grossed over $100 million, helped spark Parton’s ascent to multimedia ubiquity, as she went on to star in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and Steel Magnolias, amongst different motion pictures. She returned to No. 1 on each Hot Country Songs and the Hot 100 in 1983 with "Islands within the Stream," her Bee Gees-written Kenny Rogers duet. "I've been making an attempt all these years to win my musical freedom so I may introduce myself to a extra common viewers," Parton advised Billboard in 1982. "Now, with the flicks I'm doing, I've the safety and cash to do the sort of data I've at all times wished to do."

The 73-year-old Parton boasts essentially the most No. 1s on Hot Country Songs amongst girls within the chart's historical past, with 25. MusiCares' 2019 Person of the Year, who carried out "9 to five" as a part of a star-studded tribute to her music on the 61st Grammy Awards (Feb. 10), Parton wrote six tracks for the Netflix film Dumplin', which premiered in December, whereas the platform's Heartstrings sequence, due this yr, relies on her music catalog.

An replace of the unique 9 to five movie is within the works, too. "All these years, we've talked about doing a sequel," Parton advised ABC's Nightline in 2018. Given the present cultural local weather, "it by no means made any actual sense till only recently."