The Dolly Show has teamed up with award-winning comedian Anna Morris to release a Dolly tribute vaccine song celebrating the philanthropy of Dolly Parton.
‘Vaccine!’ is a gentle parody that honours Dolly’s $1million donation to the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine fund.
When Morris heard that Dolly Parton had donated money to help develop the vaccine she started humming Parton’s greatest hit ‘Jolene’, but with a special twist.
“I started singing Vaccine instead of Jolene, grabbed a pen and paper and changed the lyrics within ten minutes,” said the comedy actor and writer who has kept thousands entertained over lockdown with her online comedy videos.
“But I knew I wasn’t the one to star in this one. It had to be Dolly. Or the next best thing – the UK’s number 1 impersonator.”
Morris then got hold of The Dolly Show’s Kelly O’Brien through a mutual friend and sent her the Dolly tribute vaccine song.
“Kelly loved it straight away and despite never meeting, we hit it off on the phone and came up with a plan!”
Dolly Parton vaccine parody
Kelly asked guitarist Gareth Lieske for a bespoke Jolene backing track, with musical arrangement from by John Purser, and filmed herself singing the song at home.
Morris then teamed up with her Channel 4 Lee and Dean co-star, writer and Editor Sam Underwood who put the video together.
“We’re delighted with it. It’s so upbeat and positive and a great tribute to Dolly Parton, who’s done an amazing thing,” said Kelly.
“Our dream would be for her to see it and even sing it. I think it should be Christmas number one!”
Like many artists, Morris and O’Brien have lost a lot of work over the pandemic and their industries reman precarious. They’ve created a donation page for fans to help support their work: https://ko-fi.com/vaccinesong
Anna Morris is an award-winning comedian, actor and writer. She’s starred in Channel 4’s Lee and Dean, BBC ONE’s Outnumbered, The First Team and Count Arthur Strong.