Jewel gave a moving tribute to Dolly Parton at a party at Jeff Bezos’s Washington D.C. home.
The “Who Will Save Your Soul” singer serenaded guests with “four or five” songs and surprised recent Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee Parton by singing her 1974 classic “Jolene.”
“She was just up there singing with her guitar and talked about what an inspiration Dolly was to her as a singer/songwriter. It was just beautiful. Everybody was emotional,” an insider told Page Six.
The Amazon boss and Washington Post owner hosted the party in celebration of this year’s seven Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery “Portait of a Nation” honorees. Jewel, who is a close friend of Bezos and his “protective” partner Lauren Sanchez, volunteered to sing, we’re told.
Hillary Clinton, Ron Howard and Barry Diller and Diane von Furstenberg were some of the guests.
Parton donned a “cute little one piece” and “everyone wanted to meet her.” “They were all congratulating her,” according to our insider.
Another source told us honoree Clive Davis filled her in on how the upcoming Whitney Houston biopic will to use Houston’s iconic version of Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.”
Davis was overheard saying, “all I can say is that it holds a very prominent place in the film, a place that reminds us all of how gifted dear Whitney was and proud she was to record this great song.”
Jose Andres, who was honored at the gala, catered the party.