Listen to Dolly Parton’s stunning cover of Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven, proof of her rock ‘n’ roll soul


Despite her declared desire to “respectfully step aside” from the process, Dolly Parton will be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame on November 5, alongside Judas Priest, Duran Duran, Eminem, Pat Benatar and many others.

In March, when the country music icon said she wanted to withdraw her nomination from the 2022 race, she wrote “I don’t think I’ve earned that right”: we begged to disagree, and we said so at the time. But for anyone who might still have reservations about Dolly’s qualifications to enter the hallowed institution, we present one final word on the matter, namely the singer/songwriter’s beautiful reimagining of the Led Zeppelin classic. stairway to Heaven.

Parton recorded the song for his 2002 bluegrass album Halos and horns in 2002. Typical of Parton’s fearless creativity, she not only tackled the song for a straight cover, but added backing vocals, bluegrass instrumentation and – the boldness! – even her own improvised lyrics: “We kind of made it bigger,” she said casually.

“I knew I was walking on hallowed ground because it’s classic,” she later conceded. “I was scared to death to send it to Robert Plant and Jimmy Page. They told me it was good and they loved it. In fact, Robert Plant said he still had it considered a spiritual song, and he was thrilled that we used a choir on it, because he thought about it too. If they like it, that’s the most important thing to me. But I hope the audience l ‘will also accept. I even hope that they will like it.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is just one more reason to cherish country music’s newest rock ‘n’ roll superstar.

Now, about that rock ‘n’ roll album we were promised…


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