“Dolly looked me straight in the eyes and said, ‘Honey, that s*** sells records!’”
He added: “I love Dolly. I probably wouldn’t be doing what I’m doing without her.”
The pair even went on to release a single together, Romeo, which became a chart hit in the USA.
Billy Ray’s feelings for Dolly were not one-sided either, as Dolly once interviewed her protégé for NBC in the 1990s, where she named him “one of the nicest, sweetest people you would ever want to meet.”
Their friendship was clearly very deep, so much so that it has trickled down to Billy Ray’s daughter, Miley.