Dolly Parton turns 75: Country music icon receives well wishes from fellow stars

Updated: 2021-01-19 17:50:33

If her countless accolades aren't enough to prove it, 's famous pals and fellow musicians want her to know she's an icon in her own right.

The country music legend turns the big 75 on Tuesday, leading a number of taking to their social media accounts to reflect on their favorite memories with the star.

The was born on Jan. 19, 1946 as the fourth child of 12. She was raised in Locust Ridge, Tenn.

She's the inspiration behind Dollywood, a family amusement park in Pigeon Forge. In 2004, Parton was the recipient of the Living Legend Award by the U.S. Library of Congress.

Country music icon Dolly Parton turns 75 on Tuesday, leading many stars to pay tribute to the singer on social media.

Country music icon Dolly Parton turns 75 on Tuesday, leading many stars to pay tribute to the singer on social media. (Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

While she's established a successful  with numerous awards and chart-topping hits, her famous friends took to social media not only to discuss the impact she's had on the music industry, but to applaud her bubbly sense of humor and down-home spunk.

shared a touching video of Parton from backstage which shows the chart topper warmly pull her in to sing along with a group of other singers.

"will never be over her pulling me in. Happy birthday, @DollyParton," Morris wrote.

Comedian Loni Love shared a montage of photos of the icon, writing on Twitter: "There is only one Dolly.. Happy Birthday to the awesome Queen Of Country Music @DollyParton."

Tom Hanks' son Colin shared a message for Parton on Twitter as well. He described her as a "once in a lifetime talent, with a generous heart, a drive like no other and the absolute queen of one liners."

The Bellamy Brothers dubbed Parton "one of our favorite duet partners" along with a photo of the "Jolene" singer.

Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee took time early Tuesday morning with a birthday wish for Parton. "Happy Birthday to the one and only, @DollyParton," he tweeted. You're a Tennessee treature, and @MariaLeeTN and I hope you have a wonderful birthday."

Late-night host said he was "totally wigging out" over Parton's big day along with a hilarious throwback clip of the icon insisting he put one of her blonde wigs in a past appearance on "The Tonight Show."

CMT aptly dubbed Jan. 19 "Dolly Day" on  and announced it would be sharing its favorite performances and memories of the singer throughout the day.

Parton is "the picture of love and grace." "Thank you sweet Dolly for being the same YOU on and off stage, for your never-ending generosity...and also for being my baby girl's namesake."

British singer Myleene Klass from the day she met the "legend herself."

Dolly Parton had quite the busy year ahead of her 75th birthday. Shown here, she stars as the lead actress in the Netflix musical "Christmas on the Square."

Dolly Parton had quite the busy year ahead of her 75th birthday. Shown here, she stars as the lead actress in the Netflix musical "Christmas on the Square." (Netflix)

Musician Carly Pearce similarly shared a touching pic alongside Parton.

"I'll never forget this day, when she called me one of her '@dollywood girls.' Happy birthday to the country queen. I hope I can be a tiny fraction of what you mean to country music & the world," Pearce .

"Happy Birthday to one of the brightest lights in our universe!" wrote Clint Black on . 

Back in March, the "9 to 5" songstress spoke about her astonishing music career thus far and claimed she has no plans to retire. In the same interview with "60 Minutes Australia," Parton shared one of her goals for her 75th year: again.

The superstar, who first appeared on the magazine's October 1978 issue, said: "See, I did Playboy magazine years ago. I thought it would be such a hoot, if they'll go for it – I don't know if they will – if I could be on the cover again when I'm 75."

Asked if she would don the same outfit, Parton quipped: "Maybe. I could probably use it. Boobs are still the same."

Parton, then-74, credited her secret to looking so youthful to "good lighting, good makeup and good doctors."

"And a good attitude don't hurt either," she added.

Parton spent the last year keeping extremely busy despite the coronavirus pandemic. In October, she brought some holiday joy with her album "A Holly Dolly Christmas," featuring collaborations with , , , ,  and more. She also starred as the lead actress in the  musical "."

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