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Rags to Riches
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Dolly Parton probably never dreamed when she scribbled “Coat of Many Colors” on the back of Porter Wagoner’s dry cleaning receipt in 1969 that the song would be added to the Library of Congress National Recording Registry. Each year, the Library of Congress selects 25 recordings that “are culturally, historically or aesthetically important, and/or inform or reflect life in the United States.” “Coat of Many Colors,” which Parton has referred to as her favorite composition, is an autobiographical expression of her impoverished childhood in the hills of Tennessee, made rich by the love of her close-knit musical family. Parton, known as the “Queen of Country Music,” is the most awarded female country performer of all time.