Although Dolly appeared as a guest on many TV shows during the 70's, very little footage and solid evidence exists to substantiate the various claims. Below is a list of verified appearances Dolly made, only taking into account those where she sang. Please note that other 70’s TV shows, not listed here may appear in other sections in the Dolly TV archive.
Hee Haw(3 shows) – A long running syndicated variety show, featuring Country music and humour. A compilation DVD box set is available, which features Dolly’s performances from her 1975 appearance. Songs performed:
18th Mar 1970 - My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy
12th Feb 1972 - Coat of Many Colors, The Right Combination
15th Feb 1975 - Love is Like a Butterfly, I Will Always Love You
The Wilburn Brothers Show(1973) – A syndicated variety TV show, which ran for eleven years. You can find a some of Dolly’s songs on the compilation DVD’s which are available. Songs performed:
Jolene, Gypsy, Joe and Me, Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man (with Porter), Put It Off Until Tomorrow (with Porter)
Rowan and Martin's Laugh In - Sept 1973 (no details available) The Mike Douglas Show - Dec 1973 (no details available) Dinah Shore Show - Dec 1973 (no details available)
Pop! Goes the Country (3 shows) - Pop! Goes the Country was a weekly half-hour syndicated variety country music television series, originally hosted by Ralph Emery, the series was recorded at the Grand Ole Opry and featured comedy sketches, performances and interviews with Country singers and celebrities. There are compilation DVD’s available, but they only feature selected Dolly performances. Songs performed:
25th Jan 1975 - The Bargain Store, Swing Low, Sweet Chariot
1977 - Higher and Higher, It's All Wrong, But It's All Right, Applejack
18 Nov 1978 – Higher and Higher, Applejack
The Midnight Special (3 shows) This late night music show ran for eight years between 1973-1981 and Dolly appeared on three, including one as host in 1978. It attracted some of the biggest names in the music business and was syndicated around the world, offering great exposure. DVD compilations of the series have been released, but only the songs I Will Always Love You and Here You Come Again appear on them. Songs performed: 26th Dec 1975 – We Used To, Jolene 29th Sep 1978 (as host) – Two Doors Down, Here You Come Again, Heartbreaker, Baby I’m Burning, Jolene, I Will Always Love You 29th June 1979 – Great Balls of Fire, You’re The Only One, Star of the Show
In Concert (10th May 1975) - This was a televised concert from the Grand Ole Orpy, featuring Ronnie Milsap, Chet Atkins, Charley Pride, Jerry Reed and Gary Stewart. The concert was also put out as a double LP, which is now very collectable. Songs performed:
Jolene, Love Is Like a Butterfly, Rollin' In My Sweet Baby's Arms (duet with Ronnie Milsap), Coat of Many Colors, The Bargain Store
The Ronnie Prophet Show - (3rd November 1975) - Dolly sang Jolene - watch it here
Grand Old Country (3rd November 1975) – A Canadian variety show where Dolly sang Joshua and Jolene.
Dinah (20th January 1976) – Dolly sang We Used To and Love is Like a Butterfly on this US Chat Show hosted by Dinah Shore.
Top of the Pops (17th June 1976) – Dolly sang Jolene on the long running UK chart show.
Captain Kangaroo (27th October 1976) – A US Children’s show where Dolly sang Crackerjack. Watch it here
Mac Davies Television Special (26th April 1977) Appeared with Donna Summer and Tom Jones. Dolly sang Naughty Girl and Applejack with Mac and Coat of Many Colors on her own.
Phil Donahue Show - (20th May 1977) - Popular US TV chat show. Songs performed: Jolene
Coat of Many Colors
Do I Ever Cross Your Mind
I Will Always Love You
Cher - TV Special (3rd April 1978) - Dolly was a special guest on this one off TV special, broadcast on the ABC network. Dolly performed a Two Doors Down on a lavish set, which included Rod Stewart knocking on her door in the closing shot. Dolly also peformed People Get Ready, as part of a gospel medley with Cher and cast. Watch a clip here
Big Night (2 shows – 4th Nov & 31st Dec 1978) – UK variety show hosted by Bruce Forsyth. No further details available, but it’s a certainty that Dolly would have sung.