Written by The Bee Gees, Islands In The Stream is a song that was originally intended for Diana Ross. For whatever reason, Ross passed on it and the track eventually wound up with Kenny Rogers. Kenny loved it and asked Dolly Parton to duet with him when he recorded it. The rest, as they say, is history.
Kenny and Dolly are two of the biggest stars that country music has ever produced. Their appeal and charisma were too much to keep them on the C&W charts, and they both crossed over to the pop market with ease, scoring huge hits on the Billboard Hot 100 with songs like Lady and Nine to Five respectively. Dolly had also become a movie star of the highest echelon. This pairing of Kenny and Dolly on a superior track like Islands In The Stream made for a dream team.
This is a song that caught on with audiences like mad. It went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was one of the biggest hits of 1983. People still love to hear this one. It makes you feel good. Whenever that groove gets going, you just can't be still and you smile like crazy. Kenny and Dolly really turned it on and twenty-seven years later the shine is as bright as ever.