Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers gave life to this adorably sweet song about being in love. Originally, the Bee Gees wrote it. "Islands in the Stream" was named after the Ernest Hemingway novel. In the first place, it was originally for R&B singer Marvin Gaye, but it was later changed and arranged for Rogers instead. It was released as the first single for Rogers' album "Eyes That See in the Dark."
The two country giants set the love ablaze with "Islands in the Stream." It embodies the feeling of being in love and the emotion of being able to trust and be with your partner.
Because of its overarching success, Rogers and Patron went on to record a Christmas album together, and had an additional hit with their 1985 duet "Real Love."
The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. It gave both Rogers and Parton their second pop number-one hit. It also topped the Country and Adult Contemporary charts. "Islands in the Stream" has been certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.
The song became such a smash hit that it knocked Bonnie Tyler's hit "Total Eclipse of the Heart" out of the number one spot on the Billboard's Hot 100. It topped CMT's poll for best country music duets of all time back in 2005.
There have been multiple covers of this song as well as several nods back in popular culture. It had been featured in an episode in the hit TV sitcom "The Office," as well as in "How I Met Your Mother." Also, Barry Manilow recorded it for his album "The Greatest Songs of the Eighties," and he sang it with Reba McEntire. "Islands in the Stream" was also sampled outside of the country scene for the hip-hop song "Ghetto Superstar (That Is What You Are)."