There are precious few recordings of Dolly Parton performing before she moved to Nashville and stardom, but The Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound just unearthed a recording of Parton performing as a teenager.
Brad Reeves of the Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound will play Parton’s performances on tonight’s edition of The East Tennessee Quiver, which airs at 10 p.m. Thursdays on WDVX.
Reeves unearthed the tapes in donation to the archive by East Tennessee musician/music teacher Tommy Covington, who died in 2009. Parton’s performance comes from the radio show the “Hayloft Jamboree,” which was broadcast from Covington’s studio in Maryville or from Tuckaleechee Village in Townsend. The tapes are undated and Reeves said that, according to Marvin Russell, who played guitar on the shows, the performance was broadcast from the Maryville studio and could’ve been originally broadcast between 1960 and 1964. Parton would been 14 to 18 years old at the time.
Reeves plans on presenting a full two-hour show of performances from Covington’s collection, which includes performances when Covington was on Knoxville’s WNOX radio and will include recordings featuring guitar great Chet Atkins from the 1940s.
The Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound was established in 2005 and has since amassed a huge collection of musical recordings, film and other items of historical value.
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