We’re stepping back into the Far Out Magazine vault to revisit the iconic moment Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton performed their dreamy duet of ‘Islands In The Stream’.
Earlier today Far Out reported that Kenny Rogers, the iconic figure of country music, has died at the age of 81. Rogers, who recently announced the impending release of his biography, “passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family,” according to a statement by representative Keith Hagan.
Dolly Parton, who regularly collaborated with Rogers during their prolific careers, paid tribute to her friend and colleague by sharing her sadness at the loss of such an integral part of her journey. “I couldn’t believe it this morning when I got up, turned on the TV, checking to see what the coronavirus was doing, and they told me that my friend and singing partner Kenny Rogers had passed away,” Parton said in a video message posted on social media.
She added: “I know that we all know that Kenny is in a better place than we are today, and I’m pretty sure he’s going to be talking to God some time today if he ain’t already. He’s going to be asking him to spread some light on much of this darkness going on here.”
Given their icon working relationship, we’re looking back one of the duos most memorable collaborations. In 1983, after being approached by The Bee Gees who wrote the song ‘Islands in the Stream’, Parton and Rogers added the vocals and made it bonafide hit. After its immense popularity, the song was made certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America after it sold over two million physical copies in the US.
Here, we remember the moment the duo performed it live at an award ceremony. See the footage, below.