A&E Network announced three new country music projects celebrating country music icons Willie Nelson, Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers with specials premiering this spring. Willie Nelson: American Outlaw premiered Sunday, April 12 at 10/9c and paid tribute to Nelson’s seven-decade long career through emotional performances, interviews and behind the scenes concert footage. Biography: Dolly premiered Sunday, April 12 at 8/7c and explored the life and five-decade career of the songwriter and performer who has influenced generations of country and pop artists. Biography: Kenny Rogers premiered Monday, April 13 at 9/8c and followed Rogers’ journey to country singer, actor, and pop-culture icon. Merle Haggard: Salute to a Country Legend premiered Monday, April 13 at 11/10c and was a one-night-only concert special honoring the music and legacy of Haggard on what would have been his 80th birthday.
Parton made her film debut in the workplace comedy after costar Jane Fonda told the country singer she could write the movie's theme song.
The country superstars and "Islands in the Stream" duet partners shared a "very special relationship" for more than three decades.
For more than 50 years, the country superstar has been married to a man who prefers to remain out of the spotlight.
Despite many ups and downs — including two divorce filings — the pair still recorded some of the best duets in country music history.
The up-and-coming songwriter and country music singer found common ground on a crossover classic that cemented both artists' reputations.
The country singer tragically died five days before his illegitimate daughter, Jett, was born, and it took her more than 20 years to discover his identity.
The country star was supposed to be on the plane that crashed and took the lives of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper on February 3, 1959.
Adopted at birth, the country singer was determined to find her "missing link."
Immediately drawn to each other, the country singers navigated rocky roads before and throughout their marriage.
The reigning king and queen of country music met as struggling unknowns. Decades later they would wed as world-famous entertainers.
From hopes of becoming a professional athlete to global success as a country music superstar, Brooks has kept true to his parents’ ideals of dreaming big but staying realistic.
The country singer and the baseball pitcher found their peace and forged a genuine bond despite Tug's longtime refusal to acknowledge paternity.
The early hours of March 16, 1991, brought the terrible news that those close to the singer perished when their plane collided with a mountain.
Inspired by her father's inability to read, the country singer founded the Imagination Library to help kids develop a love of books and reading.
The country singer's marriage was impacted by fights and her husband's extramarital affairs, but nothing could erase her love for the man she married.
The fun and frivolous turn-of-the-century Billboard Hot 100 hit song found its roots in gender-bending and drag.
Unimaginable tragedies in the country singer's life led him to open his heart and expand his family.
While they only knew each other for less than two years, the country singers formed a friendship that would last a lifetime.
The country singer almost "wrecked the car" when she heard the vocal powerhouse's 1992 version of "I Will Always Love You" — a song that Parton penned in 1973.
The "Man in Black" was a bundle of contradictions.