Dolly Parton Fans Realize Her Manicure Is Credited as an Instrument on a Song

Dolly Parton is a household name with her incredible talent spawning songwriting, singing and playing several instruments.

But fans have just realized her musical prowess isn't limited to conventional instruments, after her manicure was given a credit on one of her albums.

A superfan, who calls themselves DollyRewind on TikTok, uploaded a clip to the site on Tuesday, after discovering the 75-year-old's unusual talent.

Her skill came into its own on her smash hit 9 to 5, after her percussive strumming and tapping helped her formulate the beat for the song, which featured on the movie of the same name.

Parton later revealed that she would clack her nails while on the set of the 1980 film, as she laid down the melody and lyrics for the tune, which won her the Grammy for Best Country Song.

Referencing the track's origins in a 2020 interview with Graham Norton, the Academy Award winner said: "So on the set I would watch everybody, because this was all about women in the workplace, and part of my deal was that I would get the chance to write the theme song.

"I didn't have the chance to get my guitar, go back to the trailer all the time, you're just kind of running around on the set. So watching everything that was going on, I'd get my nails. Because acrylic nails makes like a percussive sound. It sounds like a typewriter.

"After we recorded the song I brought all the girls down who were on the show, and I played my nails. So I have a credit on the back of the album that says 'nails by Dolly'."

In the TikTok clip DollyRewind shared an old interview with the country star, where she demonstrated how she plays her nails, as she strums her acrylic talons across each other.

They then filmed their screen as they went straight to the Wikipedia page for the song, and scrolled down to the personnel section.

As she said, along with all the musicians, Dolly is credited as playing "lead guitar, vocals, nails."

"Omg she ain't even kidding," DollyRewind wrote.

The video has been watched more than 13 million times, as fellow fans admitted they too never realized Dolly's nails had such an integral role in the song.

Tristan joked: "I wanna learn how to play the nails."

In shock, Crystallynn Nance wrote: "It is literally there! It says nails!"

Lauren's Truth commented: "That's kind of everything tho. Like she's amazing and invented a new instrument."

Dolly Parton, Patti LaBelle, and their acrylic nails.

— Yashar Ali 🐘 (@yashar) September 25, 2020

Yungbek admitted: "Why did I always think that was a washboard sound or something."

It seems Dolly has perfected the talent over many years, after another old clip of her and fellow icon, Patti LaBelle, emerged on Twitter of the pair playing their nails.

The clip, thought to be from 1987, shows Dolly explaining would create sounds like, for example, the dashboard of her car, when she wasn't around her guitar.

"I have a little rhythm that we can do with these nails," she tells LaBelle, as they perform a short duet to the delight of the audience.

Newsweek reached out to DollyRewind for comment.

Photo of Dolly Parton in 1983
Photo of Dolly Parton in 1983 at the Dominion Theatre. Fans are just realizing her manicure is credited as a musical instrument on one of her songs. Pete Still/Redferns/Getty Images