Randle Huston "Randy" Parton (born December 15, 1953) is an American singer-songwriter, actor and businessman, best known as the brother of Dolly Parton and Stella Parton. Born in Sevierville, Tennessee, Parton is the eighth of twelve children born to Avie Lee Caroline Owens and Robert Lee Parton Sr.
His sister Dolly Parton has stated in interviews that to her knowledge her father had strayed at least once or twice and fathered three illegitimate children. He is a distant cousin of adult-film actress Julia Parton.
In 1984 he sang a song for the Rhinestone soundtrack; his sister Dolly starred in the film.
He also played bass for his sister.
He is also known for the theater that once bore his name in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. In 2007 he signed a deal worth over $1.5 million yearly to manage and perform in a new theater bearing his name in the Carolina Crossroads entertainment and shopping complex.
The relationship between Parton and the city soured as the theater struggled to attract customers and questions arose concerning Parton's use of a nearly $3 million fund for personal travel and entertainment. Parton was also questioned by city leaders for unauthorized events held at the theater including a wedding reception for his daughter along with details about who would be marketing the theater. Throughout the controversy, Parton maintained that his actions were within the contract and that the theater would be successful given time. Parton's contract with the city was terminated on January 8, 2008 and the theater was renamed the Roanoke Rapids Theater. The city took over the theater and in July 2012 voted to allow electronic gambling to help pay expenses and possibly attract a buyer.
|Year||Single||Peak chart |
|1981||"Hold Me Like You Never Had Me"||30|
|"Shot Full of Love"||30|
|"Don't Cry Baby"||80|
|1983||"A Stranger in Her Bed"||92|