This is a story about a bank teller who kept flirting with a newly married man. The year was 1966 and the newly married man was Carl Dean, husband to Dolly Parton. The flirtation would inspire one of Dolly’s biggest hits and one of the greatest country songs ever made, “Jolene.”

As Ms. Parton tells is, the flirting happened in the early days of her marriage and before she had released any music — her debut album would drop in ’67. She describes the teller as a redhead, but says the name “Jolene” was actually inspired by a young fan who came onstage for an autograph at one of her concerts.

Though Dolly begs Jolene to not take her man on the song, Carl was clearly there to stay. The couple is still married and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by renewing their vows. Jolene could never.

For as interesting as the background of “Jolene” is, the most fun fact about it is that it was written the same day Dolly wrote “I Will Always Love You.” Talk about a goated pen.

Dolly Parton turns 77 years old today. Join me in celebrating this absolute legend.

According to the Daily Mail, in 2015, TJ Holmes began an affair with a then-24-year-old ABC News intern. At the time, he and Marilee Fiebig Holmes had been married for five years.

The intern in question has been identified as Jasmin Pettaway. She reportedly approached the newsman for mentorship, but over time, their relationship became intimate — the two are said to have had sex on his office table right before he went on air.

This news comes just days after reports that Holmes and Amy Robach have lawyered up in preparation for a potential suit against ABC. The GMA3 co-hosts were pulled off the air indefinitely when their relationship (sometimes described as an affair) was made public — even though the network is on the record saying they didn’t violate any company policies with their relationship.

Other reports claim the network axed both co-hosts and that the reason they hired lawyers was to negotiate their exits. However, ABC is yet to make it official and some sources claim no decision has been made.

Alec Baldwin will be charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter for the killing of Halyna Hutchins, the cinematographer he accidentally shot to death on the ’Rust’ set in October 2021. The film’s armorer, Hannah Gutierrez-Reed, will also be charged with involuntary manslaughter.

According to a statement released by Santa Fe district attorney Mary Carmack-Altwies, the charges will be charged by the end of the month.

If convicted, Baldwin and Gutierrez-Reed both face up to 18 months in prison and a $5,000 fine.

In an industry full of posers who are trying so hard to come off as original and unique, it’s rare to find a performer who truly is. Natalie Renée McIntyre — better known as Macy Gray — is one of such performers. From her sound to her presentation, you’d be hard-pressed to find another artist quite like her.

In September of 2001, Macy released “Sweet Baby” (featuring Erykah Badu) as the lead single from her sophomore set, The Id. The song is a rock-yet-R&B ode to struggle love, and its lyrics — written entirely by the singer — are sung so beautifully that you almost start to wish you had a troubled relationship of your own.

In the video, Henry Simmons plays Macy’s cheating man who she had been with since they were kids. Macy was sticking beside him for real, and Erykah Badu’s background vocals added that extra bit of romance.

And it was over Meghan Markle.

In his new memoir, Spare, Prince Harry revealed that his brother, Prince William, grabbed him by the collar, ripped his necklace, and pushed him to the floor during an argument about Princess Meghan. The physical altercation, which took place at Harry’s London home in 2019, started as a shouting match, where William is said to have described Meg as “difficult”, “rude” and “abrasive.”

Harry said he suffered visible injury to his back as a result of the altercation, which William is said to have apologized for immediately afterwards — and asked that he not tell Meghan about his ghetto ways.

Spare drops on January 10.

Today is Dallas Austin’s 52nd birthday, so how about one of the many classics he’s helped create? A selection from the TLC catalog felt a little obvious, so we’re gonna go with a song many people might not know he wrote: “Cool” by Gwen Stefani.

Released as the fourth single from Gwen’s debut solo album, Love. Angel. Music. Baby., “Cool” is a song about two former lovers who somehow remained cool despite their failed relationship. Given that it is performed by Gwen and she is credited as a songwriter, it is not unreasonable to assume that it is about her relationship with ex-boyfriend and No Doubt bandmate Tony Kanal. In fact, the version of the song we’ve come to know could very well be about their relationship as well. However, “Cool” existed before Gwen ever got involved with the song, and that original version is about Dallas Austin’s relationship with Chilli, who he dated for a decade and with whom he has a child. She left him for Usher in 2001, but they remained friends and he continued working with TLC. In fact, Dallas and Chilli were so cool that the group was initially supposed to record “Cool.”

Peaking at No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100, “Cool” is not one of Gwen Stefani’s biggest hits, but real ones recognize it as the classic it is. It is simple in melody and lyrics, and yet somehow complex because it touches on an uncommon topic in popular music: Amicable breakups. In a world where most breakup songs are about crying oneself to sleep or exacting revenge, “Cool” is not just cool, it’s radical.