During a 2019 appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers, country legend Dolly Parton revealed that it was another country music superstar who first turned her head. Parton told Meyers that when she first visited the Grand Ole Opry at the age of 13, she developed a huge crush on Johnny Cash.
“My Uncle Bill Owens used to take me back and forth [to Nashville]. That was when Johnny Cash was first on the scene…and he was the sexiest thing I’d ever seen. I was 13 years old. I was looking at him and I was feeling all these things that you feel,” Parton said, explaining that the intensity of her crush was similar to the Man in Black’s own 1963 hit, “Ring of Fire.” “That was the first time I really understood what sex appeal was. I just really ‘fell into a burning ring of fire.'”