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Library of Congress Adds Dolly Parton’s ‘Coat of Many Colors’ to National Recording Registry

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Every year, the Library of Congress adds an exclusive group of 25 songs to its National Recording Registry. Based on cultural significance in the preservation of iconic songs in history, the Library of Congress has chosen Dolly Parton‘s ‘Coat of Many Colors’ as one of this year’s honorees, giving the iconic singer-songwriter one more accolade in her already impressive collection of nods and awards.

The legendary country superstar wrote and released ‘Coat of Many Colors’ in 1971 as the second single from her eighth studio album of the same name. Over the years, she has described the classic as one of her favorite self-penned tunes in her impressive catalog. ‘Coat of Many Colors’ has been covered by a slew of high-profile musicians, including Emmylou Harris, Shania Twain and Alison Krauss.

The tune was inspired after Parton’s mother stitched together a coat out of rags given to the family. As she sewed, the singer’s mother would teach her daughter the Bible story of Joseph and his Coat of Many Colors. An excited young Parton rushed to school “with patches on my britches and holes in both my shoes, just to find the others laughing and making fun of me for wearing a hand-me-down coat.”

‘Coat of Many Colors’ will bring the number of songs in the National Recording Registry to 350. The Tennessee native joins an impressive group of iconic performers, which includes the late Donna Summer, the Grateful Dead and Prince. Way to go, Dolly!

Check out the full list of Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry here.

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