Reba McEntire only knows one old-fashioned way to contact Dolly Parton
Reba McEntire and Dolly Parton have teamed up for a duet in 2021. And McEntire shared that she reached out to the folks at Parton to curate this iconic couple. But she also revealed that “the only way to get your hands on” the country music icon is through a retro method of communication.
How does Parton prefer to receive correspondence on the affairs of the country? And what else did McEntire say about being lucky enough to work with one of his models?
Reba McEntire wanted to get in touch to sing a duet with Dolly Parton
Although they’ve been friends for decades, McEntire and Parton didn’t record any songs together until recent years. And McEntire said it depressed her a little that they each sang with so many other people, but never recorded together.
Thus, in 2021, Parton joins McEntire on his album Revived, remixed, revisited for an updated version of his 90s hit “Does He Love You.”
Before that, however, McEntire used a somewhat unique method to contact Parton to request a duet.
Reba McEntire said Dolly Parton had a system to contact her
McEntire told Apple Music Country Southern Accents Radio she didn’t use a phone to contact Parton about their 2021 duet. “Well, you’re not calling Dolly. You fax him,” she explained. “Fax his people and ask your people to talk to his people.”
She shared, “It’s the only way to reach her.”
According to McEntire, even Parton’s old pal, Kenny Rogers, didn’t have his phone number. Faxing Parton is a rule people at the company understand, she said. So, as was good practice, she asked her people to send a fax and she asked if Parton wanted to join her for a duet.
Luckily for McEntire and the fans, Parton agreed. The “Fancy” singer said she couldn’t stop listening to Parton’s part in the song in the studio.
Dolly Parton is ‘different from anyone’ Reba McEntire meets
In Reba: My story, McEntire recounted up to the date she first saw Parton in person. She made her Grand Ole Opry debut in 1977 and Parton’s arrival meant her performance went from two songs to one. But she said she would have given up both songs for the chance to meet the country music idol.
McEntire also wrote that Parton was one of many country music stars to contact her after the plane crash that killed seven members of her band, along with her tour manager and two pilots.
At McEntire Southern Accents Radio interview, she talked a bit more about Parton, declaring that the “Jolene” singer is the “biggest-hearted person” she’s ever met. And she added that she knows a lot of big-hearted people. But Parton’s giving nature stood out so much to McEntire that she said she was like “God’s little sister” and an “angel on earth.”
“Dolly is different from everyone I’ve met…in the business or not,” she said.
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