Dolly Parton appeared on NBC’s Today Show this week and talked about losing her friends Loretta Lynn and Naomi Judd and still feeling the loss.
Dolly told Hoda Kotb, “Loretta, she was very dear to me, like a sister. Same with Naomi. We were (the) same age, and we loved the same things. And I loved her. I also lost Kenny Rogers — three of my dearest people — in the business, in a very short period of time.” She added, “I grieve over them almost like you do a family member. And I think of them, but you try to keep the good memories.” Rogers died peacefully at home in Georgia on March 20, 2020.
Parton did name one song by fellow Country Music Hall of Fame member Alan Jackson that comforted her and made her feel closer to those she lost. The song is Alan Jackson’s “Precious Memories.” Jackson performed a song from his Precious Memories album called “Where Her Heart Has Always Been” at a memorial service held for Lynn in October. She said, “The line I love in that song is, ‘Precious memories, unseen angels sent from somewhere to my soul, and I think about that. Those precious memories. They just flow in and out of you, and you remember special things about them. They’re like unseen angels, and you feel like they’re still all around you.”
Dolly will be hosting a New Year’s Eve special with her Goddaughter, Miley Cyrus, and also talked about New Year’s resolutions. She said, “My hopes for the new year is a little more kindness, a little more love, a little more trying to pull together instead of falling apart. I’m going to try my best to try to bring as much joy as I can and lift people up as much as I can in my way.” She added, “I just think we all need to try a little harder. I don’t care what our politics are, or religion, or our color, or anything else. We need to try a little harder.”