Sunday, March 24, 2013

AccuRadio Song Of The Day-Kenny Rogers f/Dolly Parton

Artist:Kenny Rogers f/Dolly Parton
Song:Islands In The Stream
Album:42 Ultimate Hits

Though Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton were both successful solo artists, the duet Islands in The Stream was the biggest hit for either of them. It was the biggest hit single of 1983. Rogers had recorded successful duets with Dottie West, Kim Carnes and Sheena Easton when he was on Liberty Records. But in 1983 he moved to RCA Records. Eyes That See In The Dark was his first album for RCA. The album was produced by Barry Gibb of The Bee Gees along with Albey Galuten and Karl Richardson. all the songs were written by Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. Islands In The Stream was not a duet at first. But Rogers was unhappy with the recording and suggested Dolly Parton be brought in to record it with him. And the rest is history. The song was a worldwide chart topper. It was the biggest hit single of 1983. It is also the biggest hit in Dolly Parton's career. And to think The Bee Gees wrote Islands In The stream for Marvin Gaye. Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton went on to record a Christmas album and a TV special. They recorded the 1985 duet Real Love which topped the country charts. That was on Dolly's album Real Love. I'm sure you can get Islands in The Stream on comps by both artists but I recommend this Rogers 2CD comp 42 Ultimate Hits because it covers his entire career including The First Edition. Here's Kenny Rogers featuring Dolly Parton performing Islands In The Stream 1984.

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