Twenty years ago, Dolly Parton appeared on Billboard‘s US Dance Chart for the first and only time. The even crazier thing about this new found fact is that she did it with a remixed cover of Cat Stevens’ classic “Peace Train.” And, oh yeah, her version featured South African vocal group Ladysmith Black Mambazo.
The tune was featured on her 1996 album, Treasures, which was made up of rock and country hits from the 1960s, ’70s, and ’80s. (The album isn’t on Spotify or iTunes, but a few used copies are on Amazon.)
As a part of the album release, Dolly filmed a television special where she performed most of the songs. The “Peace Train” featured on the TV special is country and a little more in line with the original version– minus the dancers behind her doing all kinds of things (very reminiscent of that scene from “Can’t Buy Me Love“).
Along with releasing the song as a single, Dolly filmed a video for the dance mix. In another plot twist, Madonna’s brother Christopher Ciccone directed it.
So, once again, when you think you know everything there is to know about national treasure Dolly Parton– thing again.
Note: this dance remix is pretty horrendous.
“Peace Train” TV Special
And yes, because “Peace Train” charted, they released a dance mix of “Walking on Sunshine,” too.
“Walking on Sunshine” TV Special