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The Grand Ole Opry celebrates Dolly Parton’s 77th birthday in style

The Grand Ole Opry celebrated the 77th birthday of Opry member Dolly Parton on Saturday with two shows at the Ryman Auditorium. Among those who performed included Chapel Hart, John Conlee, The Fairfield Four, Caitlyn Smith, Connie Smith, Marty Stuart, Rhonda Vincent and Chris Young. 

Chapel Hart performed Parton’s ‘Jolene’ as well as their answer song ‘You Can Him, Jolene’ before singing a Parton-inspired version of ‘Happy Birthday.’ The Opry square dancers donned Dolly hair and joined the trio on their new Loretta Lynn ‘Fist City’ answer, ‘Welcome To Fist City.’ 

Chapel Hart
Credit: The Opry / Chris Hollo

A portion of the night’s ticket sales was donated to the Opry Trust Fund in Parton’s honor. For more than 50 years, the fund has assisted members of the country music community in need. 

The Opry will conclude its special one-month run at the Ryman Auditorium next week with another two-show Saturday night before returning to the Grand Ole Opry House in February. Among the artists scheduled to appear during the month include Jackson Dean, ERNEST, The Isaacs, Chris Janson, Lady A, Gary LeVox, Dustin Lynch, Chase Rice, Scotty McCreery, Wendy Moten, The Oak Ridge Boys, Mark O’Connor, Don Schlitz, Nate Smith, Lainey Wilson, and more.

Tickets are on sale now for all shows through August 2023 at (615) 871-OPRY and

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