Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton released their very first song together, Islands in the Stream, in and it quickly became one of the most iconic duets of all time. The unbreakable bond between the duo, their close working relationship over many years and chemistry on stage when they performed together meant that the singers were often romantically linked in the press and plagued by rumours that they were dating. We just flirted with each other for 30 years. During his lifetime, Kenny was married five times and has five children. The star had been married to his widow, Wanda Miller, since We are soul partners, we really are. However, the pair recorded dozens of songs together over the years and even released an album of Christmas songs called Once Upon a Christmas in
Forever No. Released in summer , the Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton duet "Islands in the Stream" is the kind of easy, breezy pop song that's the platonic ideal of adult contemporary. Anchored by a laid-back tempo, open-hearted vocals, and lush orchestration -- a mellow latticework comprising sparkling keyboards, rakish horns, and string swells -- the song became Rogers' second No. This isn't an unrequited crush, but head-over-heels romance that endures. The two lovebirds are inseparable "islands in the stream" who beckon each other to "sail away with me to another world" where they "rely on each other. Parton and Rogers frequently sing the song's verses together, which underscores the unity of the romantic union being described. However, they never overwhelm each other's parts, and are generous and respectful of vocal space -- something that seems natural, since their voices blend together perfectly. And when they do occasionally take solo turns to emphasize lyrical gravity, the emotional resonance is striking.
Forever No. And when they do occasionally take solo turns to emphasize lyrical gravity, the emotional resonance is striking. The song also reached the top of the country charts that same week, and was spending its third week at No.
It's one of the most classic duets of all time, bringing together two of country's most iconic stars. But how did 'Islands in the Stream' come about and what inspired the lyrics? Here's all the fascinating info you need about Dolly and Kenny's cracker:. With disco on the way out by the early s, the Bee Gees found their style going out of fashion. The novel was the first posthumous release by the legendary author, after his wife Mary discovered them after his death.