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1) Dolly was born in the Great Smoky Mountains on January 19, 1946, to a poor family on a farm. She started writing lyrics as a toddler and first appeared on TV at age 10. She began recording at age 13.
2) Dolly’s mother was very musical and encouraged her to pursue music early on. Dolly’s first song, which she wrote as a child, is “Little Tiny Tasseltop.” It’s based on handmade corn cob dolls. Her mother wrote down many of her childhood songs and saved them.