Dolly Parton heads to Leeds First Direct Arena

Dolly Parton.

Country and Western legend Dolly Parton is the latest big name coming to the First Direct Arena in Leeds, the Yorkshire Evening Post can reveal.

The dates for the European leg of the American star’s 2014 Blue Smoke World Tour are due to be announced this morning and includes a concert in Leeds on June 20 next year.

Ms Parton is best known for a string of hit songs including I Will Always Love You, Jolene and 9 to 5. Tickets for the show, which is expected to be a sell-out, go on sale from Friday.

The singer-songwriter is estimated to have sold more than 100 million records worldwide since she made her debut in 1967 with Hello, I’m Dolly.

Her last studio album Better Day, the 41st of her career, was released in 2011.

As well as being a hugely successful singer Ms Parton founded the Imagination Library in 1996.

The pioneering scheme provides a book each month to registered children up until the age of five.

It was introduced to the UK with a launch in Rotherham in 2007.

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