Grand Ole Opry celebrates Dolly Parton's 50 years as a member with star-studded shows

Posted at 8:21 AM, Oct 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-13 09:21:05-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A Country Music legend celebrated 50 years as a member of the Grand Ole Opry this week.

Thousands of people packed into the Grand Ole Opry house for two sold out star-studded shows, celebrating Dolly Parton's anniversary as an Opry member.

Parton played some of her iconic hits at the show Saturday night. Fans also heard stars like Toby Keith and Lady Antebellum cover some classic Dolly tunes.

Parton, who became a member of the Opry in 1969, said her history on the Opry stage goes back even further.

"A lot of people actually think this is my 50th year at the Grand Old Opry, it's actually been 60," Parton said. "The first time I got to sing on the Opry, I was 13 years old. Actually Johnny Cash introduced me, I believe, and Jimmy C. Newman had given me his spot. I got to actually be a member 50 years ago this year. It was one of the highlights of my whole life."

The iconic performer said she isn't slowing down any time soon. Parton said if she has it her way, she'll be back on the Opry stage celebrating in another 50 years.

The Opry has welcomed more than 200 members throughout its history.

During the celebration, Parton teased plans to have more new music coming in the next few months.