Dolly Parton is heartbroken after a tragic loss and declares in a touching tribute that she is “eternally grateful.”

The “9 To 5” singer shared some words of kindness for Cynthia Weil

Cynthia Weil, a legendary songwriter, passed away on June 1 at the age of 82. She is remembered for her work on numerous popular songs, including “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” “On Broadway,” “We Gotta Get out of This Place,” and many others.

One such song was Dolly Parton’s 1977 country-pop single “Here You Come Again,” which helped her attain major mainstream appeal by serving as her first large crossover smash.

The singer paid tribute to Cynthia on social media on Saturday after learning of her loss, complimenting her lifetime of work and expressing her thanks.

She said in her statement, “I was really heartbroken to hear that Cynthia Weil had died away. She was one of history’s finest authors, and I am always grateful to her and her collaborator Barry Mann for writing my first song to sell one million copies, ‘Here You Come Again.’”

Brenda Lee’s comeback was the initial intention of the song, which was written in 1975 by Cynthia and her husband and longtime songwriting collaborator Barry Mann. However, after Brenda Lee passed away, Dolly received the song instead.

Due to successes like “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You,” the singer, now 77, was already well-known in the country music community at the time, but she hadn’t yet made a huge impact on the public market.

Her biggest hit at the time, the song spent more than a month at the top of the American country charts and made it to the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100 after she and her producers worked to make it less pop-oriented and more of a genre fusion.

It even earned Dolly her first-ever Grammy Award in 1978 for Best Country Vocal Performance, Female, and as a result, the album’s parent, with the same name, became a success.

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