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May 26

Dolly Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors” Added to National Recording Registry

Dolly Parton photo courtesy of Dolly Records.

Dolly Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors” has been added to The Library of Congress National Recording Registry. Each year the Library of Congress chooses 25 recordings that are considered “historically,” “culturally” or “aesthetically significant” and are at least 10 years old to be added to the National Recording Registry. With the latest additions, there are now a total of 350 recordings in the registry.

Written by Dolly, the autobiographical song tells the tale of her impoverished childhood in East Tennessee that was made rich by the love of her family. The song was key in establishing Dolly as a songwriter. She has called “Coat of Many Colors” her favorite composition because of the attitude and philosophy it reflects.

By being added to the National Recording Registry, the song will be forever preserved for future generations to know. This is part of the Library’s mission that has been mandated by congress. Nominations for inclusion are submitted online from the public and from the National Recording Preservation Board which is made up of leaders in the fields of music, recorded sound and preservation.

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution. The Library seeks to inspire imagination and creativity and to further learning by providing access to knowledge through its collections, programs and exhibitions. Many of the Library’s resources can be accessed through its website at


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