Kenny Rogers actually wanted nobody’s assist to have successful report, however lots of his biggest and most memorable tunes had been his duets.
Rogers’ gruff vocals performed the proper accomplice to a few of nation music’s sweetest voices, together with Dottie West, Dolly Parton and Alison Krauss, in addition to pop stars Sheena Easton and Kim Carnes. They introduced out a tenderness — and infrequently uncooked sexiness — to his performances.
Under, listed chronologically, are a few of Rogers’ prime duets and the place they reached on Billboard’s Sizzling Nation Songs chart.
“Each Time Two Fools Collide,” Rogers & Dottie West – No. 1, 1978
The primary single and title observe from Rogers’ and West’s first duets album went straight to the highest. In keeping with lore, West was recording the music for a solo challenge, but it surely become a duet — and subsequent duets album — after the 2 bumped into one another within the studio. Considered one of nation music’s all-time nice partnerships was born with this string-heavy ballad about two “fools” who can’t keep out of one another’s method.
“Anybody Who Is not Me Tonight,” Rogers & Dottie West – No. 2, 1978
The spicy single following “Each Time Two Fools Collide” confirmed the upside of, ummm, “love” with traces equivalent to West’s “While you made like to me tonight, I discover and felt as if I’d gone to heaven” and Rogers’ “You’ve received the sort of physique that was made to provide a person plenty of pleasure.” This stay clip from one of many duo’s excursions collectively is pure delight, provided that West’s husband is the drummer within the band and, in a little bit of foreshadowing, Robert by accident cals West “Dolly.”
“Til I Can Make It on My Personal,” Rogers & Dottie West – No. 3, 1979
This remake of a music was first recorded and brought to No. 1 in 1976 by Tammy Wynette, and written by Wynette, George Richey (i.e. her soon-to-be-husband George Jones) and Billy Sherrill. Rogers and West tear into the heartbreak from observe one, including a twist as a duet because the protagonist pleads together with his/her former lover “’Til I get used to shedding you/Let me carry on utilizing you/’til I could make it alone.”
“All I Ever Want Is You,” Rogers & Dottie West – No. 1 (1 week), 1979
Like “’Til I Can Make It On My Personal,” “All I Ever Want is You” appeared on Classics, an album of canopy songs by Rogers and West launched in 1979. First popularized by Sonny & Cher, the music in Rogers and West’s palms is a candy, toe-tapping ditty.
“Don’t Fall in Love With a Dreamer,” Rogers and Kim Carnes – No. 3, 1980
Written by Carnes and David Ellington, the tune finds the raspy-voiced vocalists wrapping their voices round one another on this aching observe about falling in love with a dreamer who will all the time, all the time “break your coronary heart.” The music, which the pair recorded stay within the studio, additionally reached No. four on the Sizzling 100 and No. 2 on the Grownup Modern chart.
“What Are We Doin’ in Love,” Dottie West with Rogers – No. 1, 1981
Rogers’ and West’s third and remaining No. 1 appeared on West’s 1981 album, Wild West. The 2 returned to the subject they cowl finest on this candy ballad: mismatched lovers who shouldn’t be collectively, however have discovered themselves inexplicably (and, on this case, considerably delightedly) drawn to one another.
“Islands within the Stream,” Rogers with Dolly Parton – No. 1, 1983
Merely top-of-the-line — and largest — duets ever recorded, the peppy “Islands within the Stream,” written by the Bee Gees, benefitted vastly from Rogers’ and Parton’s simple chemistry, which was so nice that for years, the 2 needed to deny that they, just like the characters within the music, had been precise lovers.
“We have Obtained Tonight,” Rogers & Sheena Easton – No. 1, 1983
On paper, there isn’t any motive this duet between the nation titan and Scottish pop star ought to have labored, but it surely did magnificently. Their remake of the Bob Seger hit about two lovers having fun with one final night time collectively topped the nation charts and likewise reached No. 6 on the Sizzling 100, in addition to No. 2 on the Grownup Modern chart.
“Actual Love,” Dolly Parton with Rogers – No. 1, 1985
Parton and Rogers paired collectively once more, this time for the second single and title observe from Parton’s 1985 album, Actual Love. The mid-tempo tune is a candy ode to fealty, however fails to ignite any of the flicker of “Islands within the Stream.” The video, a montage of Parton and Rogers within the studio and onstage, is a pure delight.
“Make No Mistake, She’s Mine,” Rogers & Ronnie Milsap – No. 1 (1 week), 1987
Rogers paired with Carnes once more, in a method, on this duet. Carnes penned the observe (initially titled “Make No Mistake, He’s Mine), which she and Barbra Streisand recorded in 1984. The swelling music about two males combating over the identical love options one among Rogers’ finest vocals.
“Purchase Me a Rose,” Rogers with Alison Krauss & Billy Dean – No. 1 (1 week), 2000
When this music — which options Krauss and Dean on backing vocals — hit No. 1, it made Rogers, at 61, the oldest nation singer to have a chart-topper. Dean is available in extra on the finish, however the leather-and-lace sweetness of Krauss and Rogers on the choruses is solely attractive.
“You Can’t Make Outdated Buddies,” with Dolly Parton – No. 57, 2013
Launched 30 years after “Islands within the Stream,” the music’s opening line, “What is going to I do if you’re gone?” and “When Saint Peter opens the gate and also you come strolling in, I’ll be there ready for you” tackle a bittersweet wistfulness now, following Rogers’ passing. Co-written by Don Schlitz, who wrote Rogers’ megabit, “The Gambler.” Seize a tissue earlier than watching the official video.