Randy Huston Parton, iconic performer and creative leader at Dollywood, lost his long battle with cancer on Thursday morning, Jan. 21, 2021.
He was 67.
After leaving the road as his sister Dolly’s original bass player in the Family Band, Randy moved to Dollywood and entertained millions through his more than 30-year career at the Pigeon Forge theme park.
“Randy was a creative force and a good friend,” Paige Bales, Director of Dollywood Entertainment said.
“He has left a lasting legacy at Dollywood with his talent, his creativity and his leadership. We will all miss him but heaven has gained another star.”
Randy was also a songwriter and recording artist.
He scored several charted singles through his career including “Roll On (18 Wheeler),” which was later a number one hit for the band Alabama.
He also produced and performed in his own theater in North Carolina in 2007 and 2008.
For decades, Randy has collaborated with his sister Dolly on multiple projects.
Randy was the eighth of 12 Parton children.
Honoring Randy with the Imagination Library
In a post on social media on Thursday, Dolly Parton stated, “My brother Randy has lost his battle with cancer. The family and I are grieving his loss but we know he is in a better place than we are at this time. We are a family of faith and we believe that he is safe with God.”
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations in honor of Randy and their father Lee Parton be made to the Imagination Library.
Information on how to donate can be made at imaginationlibrary.com.
Randy and Dolly’s most recent song together
Randy and Dolly collaborated together musically, and their last project together was featured on Dolly’s latest Christmas album, “A Holly Dolly Christmas”.
Dolly shared her favorite memories when her album released, including a special memory about the year her brother Randy was born around Christmas.
Dolly jokes that they wanted a “walkin’, talkin'” doll that year. But instead, they got the real thing.
Randy sang with Dolly on the album, along with his daughter Heidi Parton.
How many siblings does Dolly Parton have?
There are 12 Parton children in total, including Dolly. Her siblings include Willadeene, David, Coy Denver, Bobby, Stella, Cassie, Randy, Larry, Floyd, Frieda and Rachel.
Larry Parton died shortly after his birth, according to an article in Country Living magazine, and Floyd Parton passed away in 2018.
Stella, Cassie, Freida, Rachel – and of course Randy – all had careers in music and entertainment and have performed with Dolly throughout the years.
Why the Imagination Library?
The Imagination Library benefits children around the world and aims to foster a love for reading.
The program gifts more than one million books each month to children in as many as five countries.
It was inspired by Dolly and Randy’s father, Lee Parton, who was unable to read.
To learn more about the Imagination Library, visit them online at imaginationlibrary.com.
About the Dollywood theme park
Dollywood is a 2010 Applause Award winner, the theme park industry’s highest accolade, winner of more than 40 Golden Ticket Awards, and recipient of 27 Brass Ring Awards for Live Entertainment (more than any other theme park in the world).
The park is located near Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and has been named a top-three US theme park by USA Today on multiple occasions.
Dollywood is open mid-March through early January and offers rides and attractions, shows and crafters authentic to the East Tennessee region.
Dollywood is closed for the season at the time of this writing, and will open in March. For more information, call 1-800-DOLLYWOOD or visit dollywood.com. Operating days and hours vary.