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Randy Parton (1953–2021), country singer-songwriter and Dolly Parton’s brother

by Linnea Crowther

Randy Parton was a country music singer and songwriter who was Dolly Parton’s younger brother.

Musical career

Parton began his musical career in the 1970s, releasing singles including “Hold Me Like You Never Had Me,” “Shot Full of Love,” and “Roll on Eighteen Wheeler,” which was later a hit for Alabama. He also sang the song “Too Much Water” for the soundtrack to the 1984 movie “Rhinestone.” Eight years younger than his sister, Dolly, recorded duets with her including “Old Flames Can’t Hold a Candle to You” (1980) and “You Are My Christmas,” for Dolly’s 2020 Christmas album. Parton headlined a show at the Dollywood theme park for many years, and he was the former owner of a theater in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina.

Tributes to Randy Parton

Full obituary: The Tennessean

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