Watch Patti LaBelle and Dolly Parton Make Music with Their Manicures in Vintage Clip

Meghan Overdeep
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Dolly Parton and Patti LaBelle
Dolly Parton and Patti LaBelle

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Dolly Parton doesn't sport long, crimson nails just for looks. In a pinch, her impressive talons also double as a musical instrument.

Parton has perfected the art of clacking her fake nails together to create a beat. In fact, her acrylics were so essential to writing "9 to 5" that they even got a musical credit on the track.

"It makes like, a percussive sound," the Grammy-winner said while demonstrating the technique during a recent appearance on The Graham Norton Show.

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New book Dolly Parton, Songteller: My Life in Lyrics, is out this month.

It's a unique skill that Parton has been mastering for decades—one she showcased while hosting her 1987 variety series, Dolly.

To celebrate the release of Dolly: The Ultimate Collection, a 19-disc, 35-hour DVD collection packed with rare Parton performances, Time Life shared a clip from Dolly featuring Patti LaBelle. In it, the two legends don matching black sequined dresses and colossal 80s hairstyles.

The brief video shows Parton demonstrating to LaBelle how she creates a rhythm with her nails when she doesn't have her guitar handy. LaBelle, who also happens to be wearing acrylic nails, picks the technique up quickly.

"That's cute!" notes an enthusiastic LaBelle.

The music icons then perform an acoustic rendition of "Short'nin' Bread" accompanied only by their respective manicures.

We don't know about you, but we've got chills!