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In an interview with American Songwriter magazine published in 1990, Dolly Parton told Deborah Evans Price that she wrote her first song aged five. This sounds an ambitious claim for anyone to make, but Parton was something of a child prodigy. She began playing the guitar aged seven and was mentored by her uncle with whom she co-wrote her earliest recordings. "Little Tiny Tassel Top," said Parton, was "about a little corn cob doll I had, because we didn't have store-bought toys". Her mother wrote it down for her. Sadly the song was never recorded and does not appear to have survived. (thanks, Alexander Baron - London, England)
Steve Forbert - "Romeo's Tune"
"Let me smell the moon in your perfume..." It took a rough mix and an extra verse, but Steve found his "calling card" song, which is always
Danny played guitar on Sweet Baby James
, and Running On Empty
. He also co-wrote many hit songs, including "Dirty Laundry," "Sunset Grill" and "Tender Is The Night."
What Made Big Star Shine
The last living original member of Big Star - drummer Jody Stephens, looks back on the band and their legacy, including the theme for That '70s Show