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Dolly Parton Forgave Porter Wagoner Just Before He Died: ‘I Wanted Him to Be Free’

Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner worked together for seven years. Throughout that time, they had a complicated relationship. And things only grew more complicated after Parton decided to leave The Porter Wagoner Show. Her old co-star sued her for $1 million. Back then, that was money she didn’t have. However, many, many years later, Parton and Wagoner reconciled. The Queen of Country was by Wagoner’s side just before he died, and she forgave him.
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Dolly Parton Reflects On When Porter Wagoner Sued Her for $1 Million: ‘That Was Money I Didn’t Have’

Dolly Parton‘s career really began when she joined Porter Wagoner on The Porter Wagoner Show. All of a sudden, she was making more money than she’d ever seen in her life and her music was being listened to by the biggest audience she’d ever had access to. Throughout their time together, Parton and Wagoner had a contentious relationship. There was an undeniable power struggle. And when Parton left, Wagoner was not happy. He sued her for $1 million.
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When Dolly Parton Helped Porter Wagoner Write a Song, She Didn’t Always Get Credit

Dolly Parton got her big break when she was asked to join The Porter Wagoner Show. Before then, she’d been making a good chunk of her money by songwriting and selling her efforts to other Nashville musicians. When she became Wagoner’s “new girl singer,” she also became his songwriting partner. Parton taught Wagoner a great deal about songwriting, and helped him pen many songs throughout their time together, but she didn’t always get credit.
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Were Dolly Parton and Porter Wagoner Ever a Couple?

Porter Wagoner gave Dolly Parton her big break. In 1967, Wagoner gave the up-and-coming singer-songwriter a spot on The Porter Wagoner Show. Her appearances on the popular weekly show propelled her rise to stardom, but eventually Parton decided she needed to strike out on her own. By 1973, she was ready to move on. The professional breakup wasn’t wasn’t easy. Parton even penned one of her best-known songs, “I Will Always Love You,” about the split.