In 2015, Kenny Rogers announced his retirement to focus on his family and health. Kenny made a right decision but it drastically affected and saddened the whole world especially the country music enthusiasts. Nevertheless, Kenny will always have a place in our hearts as he will never vanish nor erased from our memories. His works of art and great music will continuously live within us. Indeed, Kenny’s legacy will continue to prevail.
We might not be able to see him perform and hear him sing his songs but he left us with precious memories to remember. Also, he left a hallmark that will always remind us of his journey; those are his greatest hits. “Islands In The Stream” is one of Kenny and Dolly’s utmost and massive hits in the 80s. Undoubtedly, the song will remind you of his legacy and his great music.
Islands In The Stream…
Bee Gees was the band and songwriter behind the words and lyrics of “Islands In The Stream.” Actually, the song was named after Ernest Hemingway’s novel. Interestingly, the song was supposed to be for Marvin Gaye with a beat of R and B. Then, it was changed in a country style for Kenny Rogers. Also, it was decided to have Dolly Parton as a featured artist. It was a good decision after all. “Islands In The Stream” was released in August 1983 as part of Kenny’s album “Eyes That See In The Dark.”
Furthermore, “Islands In The Stream” was Kenny’s second number one hit after “Lady” in 1980. Meanwhile, the song was Dolly’s second number one hit after “9 to 5” in 1981. It topped the country charts and was certified platinum. Also, the song was chosen by Country Music Television to be the best country duets of all time.
Lastly, from 1983 to 1984 “Islands In The Stream” hit the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart at number one. It knocked out Bonnie Tyler’s “Total Eclipse Of The Heart” out of number one on Billboard’s hot 100.
“The Gambler” Kenny Rogers can undoubtedly croon any song. He can perform any music with his mellow, rough, husky-toned voice. Not only that, but every beat of his singles can also move and touch people’s hearts. It’s either, he can make the audience jive, or he can make his crowd’s eyes water. Indeed, a real epitome of a real musician.
Furthermore, Kenny is one of the best-selling music artists of all time. From the day he started recording to his last tours, Kenny has been and will always be part of our lives. Also, Kenny received numerous awards from different award-giving bodies such as the American Music Awards, Academy of Country Music, Country Music Association, and Grammys. Moreover, he has gathered recognition from various organizations and most notably he was inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame.
Certainly, “Islands In The Stream” is a song that will remind us of the great Kenny Rogers. Once it hits our ears, you’ll swiftly remember “The Gambler.”
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