Islands in the Stream" is a song written by the Bee Gees and sung by American country music artists Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. Named after the Ernest Hemingway novel, it was originally written for Marvin Gaye in an R&B style, only later to be changed for the Kenny Rogers album. It was released in August 1983 as the first single from Rogers' album Eyes That See in the Dark.
Islands in the Stream" also topped the Australian charts for 10 weeks. The Bee Gees were focused on songwriting around this time, since their look in sound had fallen out of favor after the demise of disco. The group could write in a variety of styles, however, which they proved on this song. OK, here's the joke associated with this song: What do you call Dolly Parton lying down in a bathtub? Kenny Rogers told the television host Piers Morgan this story of the time he pretended to be himself: "I was in Vegas, and as a joke, I went into one of those things where they have the impersonators and I didn't tell anybody it was me," he recalled. So I go up on the stage and I'm singing with this girl who looks like Dolly, sang great like Dolly
The year after Islands in the Stream was released, Rogers and Parton teamed for a Christmas album and TV special, followed by a duet on another chart-topper, Real Love. They have since recorded dozens of duets together, including one nominated at this year’s CMA Awards, You Can’t Make Old Friends. We were cutting this song, ‘You Can’t Make Old Friends,’ and it’s really our lives. Rogers tells Rolling Stone Country of the October 2013 recording session for their latest duet. We realized in the studio that day that it had been 30 years to the day since ‘Islands in the Stream’ went Number One on the pop charts. Islands in the Stream was the only country song to reach Number One on the all-genre Billboard 100 until 2000, when Lonestar topped the chart with Amazed.
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