1982 Dolly Parton – Heartbreak Express

Heartbreak Express in the twenty-fourth solo studio album by Dolly Parton. It was released on March 29, 1982, by RCA Records. The album returned Parton to a more fully realized country sound (a process she had begun on the previous year’s 9 to 5 and Odd Jobs), after her late 1970s pop recordings. The album’s first single, “Single Women”, a slow-tempo honkytonk ballad about a singles bar, was written by Saturday Night Live writer Michael O’Donoghue, and had previously appeared in an SNL skit in late 1980. The single provided a top ten single for Parton. The title cut also was a top ten hit for her. “Do I Ever Cross Your Mind” (a song Parton had written in the early 1970s but had never officially recorded) appeared as a double-A-sided single (along with Parton’s rerecording of “I Will Always Love You” from the Best Little Whorehouse in Texas), and reached No. 1 on the country charts in August 1982.

“Hollywood Potters”, Parton has explained to interviewers, came out of her experience filming the movie 9 to 5, as Parton watched many of the film’s extras and bit players, who had worked very hard at acting through the years, but with very little success.


1  Heartbreak Express (Dolly Parton) 03:08
2  Single Women (Michael O’Donoghue) 03:42
3  My Blue Ridge Mountain Boy (Dolly Parton) 03:45
4  As Much As Always (Dolly Parton) 03:03
5  Do I Ever Cross Your Mind (Dolly Parton) 03:59
6  Release Me (Dub Williams; Eddie Miller; Robert Yount) 03:26
7  Barbara On Your Mind (Dolly Parton) 03:09
8  Act Like A Fool (Dolly Parton) 03:22
9  Prime Of Our Love (Dolly Parton) 03:47
10  Hollywood Potters (Dolly Parton) 03:35



BassAbraham Laboriel Sr
BassLeland Sklar
BassNathan East
DrumsEddy Anderson
GuitarAlbert Lee
GuitarFred Tackett
GuitarJeff Baxter
GuitarMike Severs
GuitarSteve Cropper
Steel GuitarJoe McGuffee
DulcimersGregg Perry
KeyboardsRed Young
KeyboardsRon Oates
HarmonicaTerry McMillan
HornsChuck Findley
HornsGary Grant
HornsGary Herbig
HornsGeorge Bohanon
HornsJim Horn
HornsDick Hyde
HornsTom Saviano
HornsTom Scott
FiddleBuddy Spicher
CongasLenny Castro
Background VocalsAlex Brown
Background VocalsAnita Ball
Background VocalsDenise Maynelli
Background VocalsGene Morford
Background VocalsJim Salestrom
Background VocalsRichard Dennison
Background VocalsRoy Galloway
Background VocalsStephanie Spruill
Background VocalsWillie Greene
VocalsDolly Parton

Liner Notes

Producer – Dolly Parton, Gregg Perry
Arranged By – Dolly Parton, Gregg Perry
Concertmaster – Harry Bluestone
Contractor – Frank DeCaro
Coordinator (Costume) – Kendall Errair, Shirlee Strahm
Engineer – Doug Parry
Engineer (Assistant) – Rick Romano
Engineer (Overdubs) – Ernie Winfrey, Ken Deene

Art Direction, Design – Michele Hart, Phyllis Chotin
Design Concept – Dolly Parton
Photography By – Herb Ritts

Recorded At Smoketree Ranch
Mixed At Smoketree Ranch
Overdubbed At Soundshop Recording Studios
Overdubbed At Warner Bros. Recording Studios
Pressed By RCA Records Pressing Plant, Indianapolis