Little known story:
Back in the days of rhinestones and beehive hairdos on country singers, Dolly Parton parted ways with her singing partner, Porter Waggoner. She heard Mac Davis was in town and called his room at a boutique hotel on Music Row here in Nashville. A friend of mine who was running one of the major labels at the time was visiting Mac Davis there.
Dolly came over. The three of them started talking. Ron, my friend, asked her what her next steps were in her career now that she was on her own as a female country act. And, per Dolly, with few prospects besides signing with a less-than-desirable booking agent known for being a real -------. Dolly stated crying.
As Ron related the story to me, he suggested Mac Davis set up a meeting for her with his manager in L.A., the legendary Sandy Gallin, who aggreed to meet with her. Ron bought her a plane ticket out there to meet with him and accompanied her to L.A. to introduce her to Gallin, who was also a friend of Ron's.
Sandy met her, but told her, repeatedly, that he didn't handle country singers. Again, this was the era of rhinestones and beehive hairdos. Dolly kept pleading with him, so Sandy, feeling sorry for her, said, 'since you flew all the way out here let me invite you to a party I'm having at my house (a huge mansion with a grand staircase).
At his house, Dolly changed into a dress she'd made herself that was completely covered with buttons. Sandy Gallin was gay, and all of his friends were completely enamored with Dolly. It got Sandy Gallin thinking.
Dolly ended up staying in L.A. and moved into Sandy's house where they spent the next couple of years remaking her image - physically and musically - and searched for 'pop' songs for her to record.
If not for Mac Davis and Ron, Dolly would have faded into obscurity. Now you know ... the rest of the story.