9 to 5 and Odd Jobs Album is by Dolly Parton, the American singer, songwriter and actress. Her twenty-third solo album was released on the 17th of November 1980 under the record label RCA, now part of Sony Music.
Recorded in Los Angeles and Nashville in 1980, the album, which features four compositions by Dolly Parton, was produced by Mike Post and Gregg Perry.
Mike Post is a Grammy award-winning producer, composer, arranger, musician and songwriter. He is best known for composing TV themes like The A-Team, The Rockford Files and Magnum PI. In addition to Dolly Parton, Mike Post has worked with other recording artists like Kenny Rogers and Van Halen.
Gregg Perry is an American music director, producer, arranger. He has worked extensively with Dolly Parton. Perry produced and arranged her chart-topping single ” Nine to Five ” and worked on the film of the same name. He also worked on her hit film, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, which also starred Burt Reynolds. Today, Gregg Perry is a Director of Psychiatric Services after turning his back on the music business.
The 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs album, which features ten tracks, is a conceptual record built around working for a living, the film of the same name and her single, ” 9 to 5 “.
The album has been certified Gold by the Recording Industry Association of America ( RIAA ).
The release gained positive reviews from music critics. In a review for Rolling Stone Magazine dated the 5th of March 1981, Stephen Holden criticised her previous output but felt this album was ” an impressive comeback “. He added that the material was ” eminently intelligent “.
In a retrospective review for AllMusic, William Ruhlmann awarded it four-and-a-half stars out of a possible five. He praised Dolly Parton calling her an ” important country figure “. Although he did have some criticism for her music generally, he did call the album ” a notch above most of Parton’s RCA catalog “.
The lead single, ” 9 to 5 ” was released on the 29th of November 1980. It was written by Dolly Parton with production by Gregg Perry. Written to accompany the comedy film of the same name, it became a hit in several countries.
In the United States, ” 9 to 5 ” topped the chart on the 21st of February 1981, a position it held for two weeks. The single spent twenty-six weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. It also topped the Adult Contemporary and Hot Country Songs charts.
Dolly Parton also had success in Canada, where she took the single to Number One on the RPM Chart.
In the United Kingdom, the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 21st of February 1981 and peaked at number forty-seven. It spent thirteen weeks in the Top 100.
” 9 to 5 ” reached the Top Ten in Australia, New Zealand, Austria, Belgium ( Flanders ), Sweden and South Africa.
The 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs album became a commercial success for Dolly Parton. In the United States, the album peaked at number eleven on the 21st of March 1981 and spent thirty-four weeks on the Billboard 200. It also topped the Billboard Top Country Albums Chart.
In Canada, the album made number three on the RPM Country Albums and fifteen on the Top Albums charts.
About Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer and actress.
Dolly Rebecca Parton Dean was born on the 19th of January 1946 on a farm in Locust Ridge, rural Sevier County, Tennessee, United States. She was the fourth of twelve children born into the mountain family.
She began performing at an early age. At 13, she appeared at the Grand Ole Opry, where she first met Johnny Cash, one of the best-selling music artists of all time, who encouraged Dolly to follow her music career.
Her debut album, Hello, I’m Dolly, was released on the 13th of February 1967. Although unknown at the time, the album reached number eleven on the Top Country Albums Chart in the United States.
Since then, Dolly’s album releases are forty-three solo studio, four live, two holiday, three Dollywood Exclusives, approximately 184 compilations worldwide. In addition to her solo albums, Dolly has also released eighteen collaborations, thirteen of those with Porter Wagoner, who was a country music singer-songwriter known as Mr. Grand Ole Opry.
She has also released 104 singles and fifty-six music videos. Collating sales of all her albums, singles, hits collections and digital downloads, Dolly’s record sales are over 100 million worldwide.
Dolly has won nine Grammy Awards and is recognised as of the most-honoured female country performers of all time.
9 to 5 and Odd Jobs Album Track Listing:
1. 9 to 5
2. Hush-a-bye Hard Times
3. The House of the Rising Sun
4. Deportee ( Plane Wreck at Los Gatos )
5. Sing for the Common Man
6. Working Girl
7. Detroit City
8. But You Know I Love You
9. Dark as a Dungeon
10. Poor Folks’ Town