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Ovation A Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton Reunion


kenny-rogers-dolly-200lvg021209Last month marked the thirty-year anniversary of Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton’s famous duet “Islands in the Stream”.  Written by the Bee Gees and inspired by the Ernest Hemingway novel.  The record became certified Platinum and was named one of the number one songs of the year.  It still tops CMT’s poll of the best country duets of all time.

Later, the duo recorded “Real Love” for Parton’s album of the same name.  While it topped the U.S. country singles charts in August 1985, it did not do as well on the pop singles charts as “Islands in the Stream” had done and stalled at number ninety-one on the Billboard Hot 100.  An HBO concert special, Real Love, was filmed during a nine-city tour and a music video was produced using footage from the special.

Next month, they’ll team up again for the title song of Rogers’ You Can’t Make Old Friends, his first country album in seven years.

“What a thrill it was for me to work again with my buddy, Dolly Parton, and what a special song.  Working with Dolly is always a little like going home.  Everything felt comfortable.” – Kenny Rogers

I enjoy pretty much everything that she does and I anticipate that this duet will be just as good as those that they’ve recorded in the past.  They’re voices blend quite well, as do their personalities, and when they enjoy singing together I think the audience enjoys listening.

Are you a fan of Rogers and Parton?


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  1. “I just stopped in to see what condition my condition was in.” I am more of an early Kenny Rogers fan before he went more pop music, but Dolly is one for the ages and has sung and written some terrific ballad. I give her more license than many, as she comes across and is reported to be of the finest sort of people. Take care, BTG


  2. I have always been a fan of both Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton. I had a furnace repair guy in my home many years ago, when I was still married to my first husband. We had a family portrait on the wall by the TV near the front door. As he was putting on his boots to leave, he asked me if I knew Kenny Rogers. I was puzzled & said no. He asked why I had a picture of him with me & my daughter. He thought my first husband was a young Kenny Rogers! 🙂 It’s just a shame Kenny has had so much work done on his face he doesn’t even look like he used to.


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