Luke Combs unveiled a special gift for his wife Nicole, and she shared the video clip on her Insta stories. In the video, Luke pulls a packing blanket off a 1979 original vintage Dolly Parton pinball machine. Nicole wrote “Absolutely iconic” with four heart smiley emojis over the clip.
The Dolly Parton Pinball Machine was released in November of 1979 as part of the promotion around Dolly’s Great Balls Of Fire album. According to the Internet Pinball Machine Database, they only produced 7,350 units.
The database also reports that Parton had some trouble with the design. That led to the machine being produced a year later than originally planned. They wrote, “We had understood from a Bally employee at a past Expo seminar that this game license had been a difficult one because singer Dolly Parton kept changing her mind about how she should be portrayed on the backglass due to her crossover status at the time from country to pop.”
They continued, “The Early Production cabinet side art in this listing depicts a bouffant-haired Dolly playing a guitar while the rest of the production run cabinets omit this image, making us wonder if the singer had rejected this depiction. Indeed, the flyer shows the singer standing next to the machine with a hairstyle more in line with her backglass portrayal than with the bouffant style that was removed from the cabinet.”
Parton owns at least three of the original pinball machines, and two of them can be found at the Dollywood Theme Park in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. (This journalist personally owns a Dolly Parton pinball machine that my husband and I found at a pawn shop in the early 1990s in New Orleans.) The Dolly Parton pinball machine sells for around $2000 online.