September 05, 1977 12:00 PM

Stella Parton

She is laboring in the very long shadow of…er, that is, she’s trying to fill her big sister’s…Well, anyway, she’s Dolly Parton’s younger sibling. That alone would send most singers into crocheting or telephone sales. But Stella Parton measures up to Dolly at least as well as Crystal Gayle does to sister Loretta or LaCosta to Tanya Tucker. So even if her own songs are uninspired, she has a controlled voice, which is ungimmicked (except for a touch of the wispy Parton tremolo) and driving. It’s best on Hank Cochran’s A Little Bitty Tear or the Don Williams-Bob McDill tune, I’m Not That Good at Goodbye.

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