The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot chart in the United States, giving both Rogers and Parton their second pop number-one hit after Rogers's " Lady " in and Parton's " 9 to 5 " in It also topped the Country and Adult Contemporary charts. It has been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling over two million physical copies in the US. Rogers and Parton went on to record a Christmas album together, and had an additional hit with their duet " Real Love ". Due to licensing reasons, this song wasn't included in digital release of Eyes That See in the Dark from Capitol Nashville.
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Every night, in karaoke bars spanning from Bangkok to Brooklyn, a pair of lovebirds will invariably hit the stage, grab their mics and begin bopping their heads in semi-awkward unison as a gentle burst of strings and guitars glides over the speakers. When Kenny Rogers died Friday at the age of 81 , he left behind a remarkably expansive pop-culture legacy, which included chart-topping albums, hit TV Westerns and a beloved fast-food chicken chain. We need Dolly Parton. But not every chart-topping, genre-crossing hit becomes a karaoke hit.
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.
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. And I finally said, 'Barry, I don't even like this song anymore. And Ken Kragen, my manager said, 'I saw her downstairs. It was certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for selling over two million physical copies. After it became available for download, it has also sold a further , digital copies as of January In the UK, it only peaked at number 7, but has since sold , downloads as of and 4.