On January 10, 1988, Dolly Parton explained why she wrote “Jolene”:
“Now this is a true story. I wrote this song about 20 years ago about this woman down in Nashville that worked at the bank. She was trying to take care of my husband while I was out on the road. Well, that didn’t go over too big with me. I fought that redheaded woman like a wildcat. She jerked my wig off and almost beat me to death with it, but I kept my husband. I got that sucker home and I beat the tar out of him.”
Scroll down and listen to Dolly sing “Jolene” on the original 45-rpm single, but slowed down to 33 1/3-rpm. It’s a trip! And just below the slowed-down version is the same song at the original speed: Dolly sounding like Dolly.