9 to 5 Introduction
About the Song
|Artist||Dolly Parton||Musician(s)||Dolly Parton (vocals)|
|Album||9 to 5 and Odd Jobs|
|Producer(s)||Mike Post, Gregg Perry|
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But when the song and movie were released in 1980, the stubborn five-foot-tall singer was potentially taking more serious risks than a little genre-mixing: she was espousing anti-corporate sentiment in a conservative political environment—the sort of stuff that got people hunted down as communists during previous decades. She was embracing feminism and female solidarity, despite the fact that some would-be fans accused her of being a lesbian and communing with radicals. Still, rather than pissing people off, "9 to 5" struck a chord with the American public. Something about that Dolly Parton magic took the edge off the radical message, making "9 to 5" one of the greatest hits of the early 1980s and one of Parton's signature songs.
On the Charts"9 to 5," first released as a part of the original soundtrack for the 1980 film, charted at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in early 1981. It also peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles and the Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary charts. The song returned to the #1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 in March 1981 after a 3-week drop to #2.
"9 to 5" was nominated for an Oscar (for its part in the film) and four Grammys in 1982, and Parton took home Grammys for "Country Song of the Year" and "Female Country Vocal of the Year."
The "9 to 5" single and the album, 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs, are both certified gold with over a million sales for each.
Dolly Parton was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999.
Parton has the most #1 hits of any woman in country music, and has released the most top ten charting albums (41) of any country singer, male or female.