Deep Cuts From 1971: ‘Coat Of Many Colors’- Dolly Parton. The first thing that comes to mind when I think of Dolly Parton is the enormous – country hits she had in the 1970’s. I liked the country Dolly music over the later pop version- no question about that. I first remembered her from spending weekends with my grandparents and my grandfather aka Whitey would always watch the Porter Wagoner Show- even as a little kid you could tell that singer he had with him was going to be a star. Dolly has said over the years that “Coat Of Many Colors” is her favorite song that she wrote. She wrote the song in 1969 while traveling on the tour bus with Wagoner. The song came to her- she had nothing to write the lyrics on- so she used one of Porter’s dry cleaning receipts. Later when it became a hit Porter had the receipt framed. The song is autobiographical- written about how her mother had stitched together a coat out of rags given to the family. Released as a single “Coat Of Many Colors” went to #4 on the country singles chart. Dolly would have a large number of country hits before crossing over into pop with ‘Here You Come Again” in 1977.