Dolly Parton is receiving rave reviews from those who attended her performance Sunday at the UK’s Glastonbury festival. The “Belfast Telegraph” says the country legend drew a crowd of more than 100-thousand for her late afternoon set, which included such classics as “Jolene” and “9 to 5.” Dolly also welcomed Bon Jovi guitarist Richie Sambora to join her on her cover of the rock group’s “Lay Your Hands On Me” — one of the songs she performed from her new album “Blue Smoke.” Parton’s set was also carried live on TV. Viewers at home saw a performance they thought was just a little too perfect, which prompted a Twitter debate over whether she was lip synching. Dolly’s rep has denied the claims, saying “some people don’t know an amazing singer when they hear one.”
The UK’s “Express” says a number of celebrities and other Glastonbury acts, ranging from the Spice Girls’ Geri Halliwell to Metallica’s Lars Ulrich, were excited to see Parton’s set. Prior to taking the stage, Dolly promised to give a lively performance, in keeping with the mood of the crowd. The singer was also honored backstage before her show. Parton was presented with a plaque in recognition of her album sales, which globally have now surpassed 100-million.
Parton’s chart history on the Top Country Albums chart is more befitting of her living-legend status: She’s notched 42 top 10 albums, with six of them going to No. 1. On the Hot Country Songs chart, she holds the record for the most No. 1s among women, with 25.