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All I Can Do is the seventeenth solo studio album by Dolly Parton. It was released on August 16, 1976, by RCA Victor.

All I Can Do
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 16, 1976
RecordedDecember 9, 1974–February 19, 1976
StudioRCA's "Nashville Sound" Studios
(Nashville, Tennessee)
LabelRCA Victor
Dolly Parton chronology
All I Can Do
New Harvest...First Gathering
Singles from All I Can Do
  1. "Hey, Lucky Lady"
    Released: February 16, 1976[1]
  2. "All I Can Do"
    Released: July 12, 1976[2]
  3. "Shattered Image"
    Released: November 19, 1976[3]


In addition to eight Parton compositions, the album includes two covers; Emmylou Harris' "Boulder to Birmingham" and Merle Haggard's "Life's Like Poetry". The album was released around the time Parton began appearing regularly in the supermarket tabloids, and "Shattered Image", which advised to "stay out of my closet if your own's full of trash" was said to be a reaction to that. "The Fire That Keeps You Warm" was originally recorded by Parton and Porter Wagoner on the 1974 album Porter 'n' Dolly.

Parton would re-recorded "Shattered Image" for her 2002 album Halos & Horns.

"Falling Out of Love With Me" was covered in 2002 by the country-rock band Pinmonkey with Parton providing harmony vocals.

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic     [4]
Christgau's Record GuideB+[5]

In a review published in the August 28, 1976 issue, Billboard said, "Exceptional LP by the enigmatic lady who has reached the pinnacle of country music success and is now making her impact, deservingly, on the pop music market. Few artists write better songs than Parton, and no one can sing them better. A powerful performer, Parton provides an album for country and pop chart consideration. Her version of Emmylou Harris' "Boulder to Birmingham" is a striking, heartfelt song, sung without pretension and with a surplus of feeling. Effective blend of slow ballads and uptempo numbers, contains a pair of her hit singles and a couple more that should make good singles. Incisve liner notes by Don Cusic add depth to an already noteworthy LP."[6]

Cashbox published a review in the August 28, 1976 issue which said, "Making a positive move into the progressive sound, Dolly makes her current single the theme of the total offering. Other self-penned selections are "The Fire That Keeps You Warm", "When the Sun Goes Down Tomorrow", "I'm a Drifter," "Falling Out of Love with Me", "Shattered Image", "Preacher Tom" and "Hey, Lucky Lady". Also included are "Life’s Like Poetry" (Merle Haggard) and "Boulder to Birmingham" (Emmylou Harris/Bill Danoff). A Dolly Parton/Porter Wagoner production."[7]

Commercial performanceEdit

The album peaked at No. 3 on the US Billboard Hot Country Albums chart.

The album's first single, "Hey Lucky Lady", was released in February 1976 and peaked at No. 19 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and No. 11 on the Canadian RPM Top Country Singles chart.

The second single, "All I Can Do", was released in July 1976 and peaked at No. 3 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and No. 1 on the Canadian RPM Top Country Singles chart.

The third single, "Shattered Image", was released in the UK in November 1976 and did not chart.

Track listingEdit

All tracks written by Dolly Parton, except where noted.

Side one
No.TitleRecording dateLength
1."All I Can Do"February 18, 19762:23
2."The Fire That Keeps You Warm"February 19, 19762:49
3."When the Sun Goes Down Tomorrow"unknown2:05
4."I'm a Drifter"February 17, 19762:53
5."Falling Out of Love with Me"February 18, 19762:47
Side two
No.TitleWriter(s)Recording dateLength
1."Shattered Image" February 12, 19762:23
2."Boulder to Birmingham"Emmylou Harris, Bill DanoffFebruary 19, 19764:13
3."Preacher Tom" February 17, 19763:40
4."Life's Like Poetry"Merle Haggardunknown1:48
5."Hey, Lucky Lady" December 9, 19742:20


Adapted from the album liner notes.

  • Herb Burnette - art director
  • Don Cusic - liner notes
  • The Lea Jane Singers - vocal accompaniment
  • Dolly Parton - vocals, producer, arrangements
  • Tom Pick - recording engineer
  • Hope Powell - photography
  • Roy Shockley - second engineer
  • Porter Wagoner - producer, arrangements

Chart positionsEdit


Year Chart Peak
1976 US Hot Country Albums (Billboard)[8] 3


Year Single Chart Peak
1976 "Hey, Lucky Lady" US Hot Country Singles (Billboard)[9] 19
Canada Top Country Singles (RPM) 11
"All I Can Do" US Hot Country Singles (Billboard)[9] 3
Canada Top Country Singles (RPM) 1


19th Annual Grammy Awards

Year Nominee / work Award Result
1977 "All I Can Do" Best Country Vocal Performance, Female Nominated


  1. ^ "Dolly Parton - Hey, Lucky Lady". Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Dolly Parton - All I Can Do". Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Dolly Parton - Shattered Image". Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  4. ^ Deming, Mark. All I Can Do at AllMusic
  5. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: P". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 10, 2019 – via
  6. ^ "Billboard Magazine - August 28, 1976" (PDF). American Radio History. Billboard Magazine. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  7. ^ "Cashbox Magazine - August 28, 1976" (PDF). American Radio History. Cashbox Magazine. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Dolly Parton Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 21 October 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Dolly Parton Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 5 December 2018.