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

Dolly Parton‘s self-written song, “Coat of Many Colors,” was added to The Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry. Each year, the Library of Congress selects twenty-five songs that are at least ten years old and are categorized as “historically”, “culturally”, or “aesthetically significant” to be added to the National Recording Registry. With this year’s selections, the total number of recordings in the registry is now 350.

“Coat of Many Colors” recounts Parton’s own impoverished childhood. In “Coat of Many Colors,” Parton sings “My coat of many colors that my momma made for me; Made only from rags but I wore it so proudly; Although we had no money oh I was rich as I could be; In my coat of many colors my momma made for me.” The song aided in establishing Parton’s credibility as a songwriter. Parton has called this song her favorite of her compositions because of the attitude and philosophy it reflects.

The Library of Congress strives to preserve the selections on the National Recording Registry so they will forever be available for future generations to experience. Song nominations for the registry come from online submissions from the public and from the National Recording Preservation Board, comprised of leaders in music, recorded sound and preservation.

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