Sunday, September 13, 2009

The White Stripes covering Dolly Parton's "Jolene"

Our Dolly Parton weekend concludes with her biggest hit of the 1970's, her song "Jolene" from 1974. It is an emotional, powerful song and it is easy to see why it was so popular. This was her first #1 song and it solidified Dolly as a country star, launching her into much more mainstream and crossover success in the future.

Dolly Parton - Jolene

Very early on in their careers, the White Stripes took to covering the song in their live shows. Their version is phenomenal and it was the highlight of both their 2002 Glastonbuy Festival set, as well as their 2001 session for John Peel's BBC radio show, as you will see and hear below.

The White Stripes - Jolene (2001 John Peel Sessions)

For a link to the full John Peel Sessions, check out a previous post on this blog here.

The song was also an important part of The White Stripes' 2005 concert film Under Blackpool Lights.. Here's the video and audio of that performance.

The White Stripes - Jolene (from Under Blackpool Lights)

We're going to give Dolly a rest for a while, but there will be more on Jack White's other musical endeavors sometime soon. Thanks for checking this out.

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1 comment:

  1. Yeah, that is such a great cover. Jack is great,
    yeah, more Jack stuff, please.