Dolly Parton and Carl Dean, who recently celebrated a sweet milestone of 50 years of marriage, will be releasing photos from their renewal ceremony to the highest bidder to benefit children’s charities. The couple tied the knot on May 30, 1966, and for their golden wedding anniversary, they renewed their vows during a private ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee.
“If I had it to do all over, I’d do it all over again, and we did,” says Dolly Parton. “I’m dragging him kicking and screaming into the next 50 years. Wish us luck. In all honesty, the only way I was able to get Carl to do any of this in the first place was that it was a great opportunity for us to raise money for some very worthy causes.”
Carl Dean, a man who has stayed out of the spotlight for many years, will soon be seen by all. In addition to being photographed, Carl has also agreed to do his first interview, where fans have submitted questions and Dolly has asked the questions. This exclusive interview will soon be released to coincide with the photos.
“My first thought was I’m gonna marry that girl,” says Carl Dean reacting to the first time seeing Dolly at the Wishy Washy Laundromat. “My second thought was, Lord she’s good lookin’. And that was the day my life began. I wouldn’t trade the last 50 years for nothing on this earth.”
Parton recently kicked off the ‘Pure & Simple Tour,’ her largest North American tour in more than 25 years. Just a week after Parton announced the first leg, many shows have limited tickets available and additional dates have been added through November.
DOLLY PARTON PURE & SIMPLE TOUR DATES:
June 03 Greensboro Coliseum – Greensboro, N.C.
June 04 Infinite Energy Center – Duluth, Ga. SOLD OUT
June 05 Peace Center – Greenville, S.C. SOLD OUT
June 07 Charleston Civic Center – Charleston, W.Va.
June 08 Wolf Trap – Vienna, Va. SOLD OUT
June 10 Hard Rock – Northfield, Ohio
June 11 Horseshoe Casino – Cincinnati, Ohio SOLD OUT
June 12 Artpark – Lewiston, N.Y.
June 15 Mann Center – Philadelphia, Penn.
June 17 Tanglewood – Lenox, Mass.
June 18 Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion – Bangor, Maine
June 21 Wang Theatre – Boston, Mass.
June 22 Mohegan Sun Arena -Wilkes Barre, Penn.
June 25 Forest Hills Stadium – Forest Hills, N.Y.
June 26 PNC Bank Arts Center – Holmdel, N.J.
June 28 Consol Energy Center – Pittsburgh, Penn.
July 19 US Cellular Center – Cedar Rapids, Iowa
July 20 Grand Casino Hinckley – Hinckley, Minn.
July 23 Deadwood Mountain – Deadwood, S.D.
July 26 UCCU Center – Orem, Utah
July 27 Red Rocks Amphitheater – Denver, Colo.
July 29 Sprint Center – Kansas City, Mo.
July 30 Scottrade Center – St. Louis, Mo.
Aug. 02 Ohio State Fair – Columbus, Ohio (on-sale May 14)
Aug. 03 Allen County War Memorial Coliseum – Fort Wayne, Ind.
Aug. 04 The Colosseum at Caesar Windsor – Windsor, ON, Canada
Aug. 06 Van Andel Arena – Grand Rapids, Mich.
Aug. 07 Ravinia Festival – Highland Park, Ill.
Aug. 09 Norton Center for the Arts – Danville, Ky.
Aug. 10 Ford Center – Evansville, Ind.
Aug. 12 BOK Center – Tulsa, Okla.
Aug. 13 Verizon Arena – Little Rock, Ark.
Sept. 09 Molson Canadian Amphitheatre – Toronto, ON, Canada
Sept. 10 Foley Fair Grounds – Seguin, ON, Canada
Sept. 12 MTS Centre – Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Sept. 13 Mosaic Place – Moose Jaw, SK, Canada
Sept. 16 Scotiabank Saddledome – Calgary, AB, Canada
Sept. 17 Rogers Place – Edmonton, AB, Canada
Sept. 19 Rogers Arena – Vancouver, BC, Canada
Sept. 21 ShoWare Center – Kent, Wash. SOLD OUT
Sept. 22 Northern Quest Casino – Airway Heights, Wash.
Sept. 24 Shoreline Amphitheatre – Mountain View, Calif.
Sept. 25 Santa Barbara Bowl – Santa Barbara, Calif.
Sept. 27 Valley View Casino – San Diego, Calif.
Sept. 28 Vina Robles Amphitheatre – Paso Robles, Calif.
Sept. 30 Laughlin Amphitheatre – Laughlin, Nev.
Oct. 01 Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, Calif.
Oct. 02 Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, Calif.
Nov. 15 Pigeon Forge Convention Center – Pigeon Forge, Tenn.