When it comes to country music duos, you can't beat Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers. The two first paired up on the duet "Islands in the Stream," which went on to top both the country and pop charts. Needless to say, it didn't take long for the two singers to realize they had a good thing going on.
Following the sensational success of "Islands in the Stream," Parton and Rogers teamed up for a number of other duets and a combined Christmas album. After years of working together, the two have become much more than just collaborators, and consider themselves the dearest of friends.
So when Rogers announced his retirement, he knew he had to get Parton involved in the celebration concert set up in his honor. Called All in for the Gambler: Kenny Rogers' Farewell Concert Celebration, the event will take place on October 25 at the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville and will feature tribute performances from artists such as Reba McEntire, Chris Stapleton, Alison Krauss, and of course, Parton.
Parton and Rogers will perform "Islands in the Stream" together at the concert, and their performance may be the most meaningful of the night. As Rogers revealed, it will be the last time they will ever sing the song together live.
"I know it will be a moving experience for us standing on that stage together for one last time," Rogers said in a press release.
Parton also shared her thoughts on the performance in the press release, saying, "Even though Kenny may be retiring, as he fades from the stage, our love for each other will never fade away."
She echoed those sentiments on August 15, the same day that she announced her plans to release her first children's album. When asked to share her thoughts on Roger's retirement, Parton answered with her signature sense of humor:
"When Kenny said he was retiring I thought, 'Ugh you can't retire. I'm never retiring!' He said, 'Yeah but I have to, I'm older than you.' I said, 'Well not much, you're just more broke down I think!'"
You can watch Parton's full interview in the video below. Based on what she had to say, we have a feeling that her final live duet with Rogers on "Islands in the Stream" is going to be something fans will be talking about for years.
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