Dolly Parton says she is not expecting to get into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame this year as she is nominated for the first time for the honor; still, she’s hoping to do a rock album someday.
Dolly told Billboard when asked about her recent inclusion on the Rock Hall ballot, “I was absolutely floored when I heard that. I’ve never thought of myself as being rock and roll in any sense of the word — but I guess they judge it on the music and the influence certain songs have had, and I guess I’ve had songs with other people in that realm. But I don’t know how they judge that.”
She added, “I’m not expecting that I’ll get in. But if I do, I’ll immediately, next year, have to put out a great rock and roll album — which I’ve wanted to do for years, like a Linda Ronstadt or Heart kind of thing. So this may have been just a God-wink for me to go ahead and do that. It’s just nice to be nominated.”
Dolly’s younger sister Freida Parton released a hard rock album called Two-Faced in 1984. She also released a video at the time called “Oriental Dolls.” Neither was very successful.