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“One of my favorite albums that you ever recorded, and obviously one of theirs as well, is the Stardust album,” Rogers told Nelson prior to the performance. “You did a song called ‘Blue Skies’ which happens to be one of my favorite songs.”
Their performance went on to win a prime time Emmy for “Outstanding Sound Mixing in a Variety or Music Series.” The television special, “Something Inside So Strong,” also featured Dolly Parton.
“Blue skies smiling at me/ Nothing but blue skies/ Do I see bluebirds singing together,” sings Nelson while Rogers plays the upright bass. “Singing a song/ Nothing but bluebirds all day long.”
“Blue Skies” was originally composed by Irving Berlin in 1926, taken on by Nelson over five decades later in 1978. The song was a massive success on an international scale, charting in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, as well as topping Billboard’s Hot Country Songs.
You can watch the duet below.