As a young girl growing up in the heart of Appalachia, Dolly Parton sang like a bird and even wrote her own songs modeled after the folksy tunes she learned from her parents. After appearing on a televised talent show, she was booked at the Opry in 1959 at the tender age of 13.
Parton recorded steadily during the 1960s, but it wasn't until 1967 that her career skyrocketed when she was cast on the Porter Wagoner Show. Parton has recently returned to her roots, recording several critically-acclaimed bluegrass albums.
On the next few pages you will find more notable Grand Ole Opry performers, including Garth Brooks.