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Woman Finds Out She's 'Jolene' Decades After The Song Became A Hit

Juline Whelan met Dolly Parton at a country music festival when she was 10 years old in 1972. It wasn't until many years later, that she realized she might have been the inspiration for other woman in Parton's famous song, 'Jolene'.

Whalen remembers going up on stage to get a signature from Dolly, but she doesn't remember the conversation. It wasn't until 2015, after watching a Dolly Parton interview on TV, that the pieces began to fall into place.


"I was like, 'Oh wow, this sounds like me'," Whelan told the CBC. "'I was 10 and I went up to her and got an autograph and I have red hair, green eyes and white skin... I'm like 'OK,' and slowly I started to put the pieces together."

She tells the news agency that, as a child, she wasn't very fond of the song. Understandably, kids in school and even her colleagues later in life would sign the song to her whenever they had the chance. "She's a hussy, man... what little kid wants to be 'Jolene, don't steal my man'?" She says.

The song's grown on her now, especially since learning that she could possibly be the muse. "It's an amazing song. I love the song," she laughed. "Over the years, it's annoyed me ... but I really love the song now." Whelan hopes to meet up with Dolly again when she preforms in Vancouver, British Columbia on September 19.

Listen to the full song! What's your favorite Dolly Parton song? You can hear Whelan talk about it in the interview here.


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