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updated 04/12/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/12/1993 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>Dolly Parton

A GAL'S GOT A RIGHT TO OGLE BILLY'S BUNS

RECENTLY, DOLLY PARTON PHONED Whitney Houston to congratulate her on the record-breaking 14-week reign at No. 1 of "I Will Always Love You," Houston's smash version of Parton's 1974 country hit, which Dolly wrote. "I told her, 'Girl, you don't know when to quit,' " Parton says. " 'When you going to slide on over and let someone else have a crack at it?' "

The revenues from Houston's hit are just gravy. One of the owners of the Dollywood theme park in Pigeon Forge. Tenn.. Parton is touring with her band, developing a TV series called The High and Mighty—"a gospel-flavored show in which I'll play a singing star who starts a ministry"—and working on a trio album with Tammy Wynette and Loretta Lynn "that I've been wanting to do for years."

And she's enjoying the miniscandal generated by the video for "Romeo," the girls-ogling-the-boys single from Moon. "I just thought it was cute and tailor-made for me," she says. "That song originated with my nephew, Brian Seaver. He's 16, and hot and heavy into this country thing—the jeans, the boots. He loves the girls, and the girls love him, but when his grades started slipping, I started to call him Romeo: 'Do your homework, Romeo. The girls are still gonna be there.' So I wrote the song, and then, of course, Billy Ray Cyrus, being the new hunk, was perfect for the video. All the proceeds from the single are being donated to the American Red Cross. Some people say the song is sexist and that women don't think that way when they see a guy walking. But, hey, we look at your buns too!"

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