Country legend Dolly Parton has many stories — too many for one hour of radio. But during her visit to SiriusXM for a Town Hall, Dolly managed to cram as many charming anecdotes as possible into her chat with Kathie Lee Gifford.

In town to promote her 42nd studio album, Blue Smoke, Dolly spent her Town Hall talking about everything from her signature look (which she described as being inspired by “the town tramp”) to forbidding Elvis Presley from covering I Will Always Love You.

Known for her ultra-curvy, “Barbie”-like physique, Dolly spent a lot of time discussing her reasons for looking and dressing the way she does, and, most importantly, being taken seriously as a bodacious, female songwriter.

“A lot of people told me that I might have done better if I ‘got rid of all that hair, makeup, and those gaudy clothes,” said Dolly. “And I said, ‘No, I don’t, because this is how I feel comfortable,’ I’m not a natural beauty. I kinda patterned myself after the town tramp in our hometown because she had all that yellow hair and makeup. I always wanted that. I always felt more INSIDE than I was on the outside. I figure when I’m 100 years old, I’ll look like Zsa Zsa and Eva Gabor. ‘Cause it’s almost like a cartoon look. But it’s the way I feel comfortable.”

But has her look ever detracted from being taken seriously as a songwriter? “It’s never got in the way,” said Dolly. “I’m totally real where it counts. I know I look artificial, but I think people know it comes from a serious place. It’s a country girl’s idea of glamor.”

Moving on, Dolly later admitted that she’d love to collaborate with Lady Gaga. “We make a candy bar in Nashville called Goo Goo Clusters. I was thinking maybe I do something with Lady Gaga and we could be ‘Gaga and Goo Goo.'” [Editor’s note: Please, please let this happen.]

Lastly, Dolly re-told the story of how she wouldn’t let the one and only Elvis Presley cover her No. 1 single I Will Always Love You after Presley’s manager, Colonel Tom Parker, told her it was standard procedure for a songwriter to sign over half the publishing rights to any song recorded by Presley. But Dolly stood her ground and refused. “I couldn’t do it. I cried all night, ’cause I thought Elvis is not gonna do my song. But I had to make that decision, and I was glad, because I didn’t figure that Priscilla and Lisa Marie needed that money any more than my family was going to need it.”

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Hear Dolly Parton’s Town Hall in full on the following channels:

EW Radio, Ch. 105 on Saturday, 5/17 & Sunday, 5/18 at 7 am and 2 pm ET

Willie’s Roadhouse, Ch. 56: Saturday 5/17 at 12 pm and 8 pm ET, Sunday 5/18 at 9 am and 3 pm ET, Tuesday 5/20 at 6 pm ET, Thursday 5/22 at 11 pm ET

OUTQ, Ch. 109: Saturday 5/17 at 3 pm and Sunday 5/18 at 10 am ET

Prime Country, Ch. 58: Saturday 5/31 at 12 pm and 9 pm ET, Sunday 6/1 at 9 am and 3 pm ET, Tueday 6/3 at 6 pm ET, Thursday 6/5 at 11 pm ET

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