About the song

If you love country music, you probably know the classic duet “Islands in the Stream” by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. But do you know the story behind this iconic song? In this blog post, we’ll explore the history of “Islands in the Stream” and how it became one of the most successful collaborations of all time.

“Islands in the Stream” was written by the legendary pop group the Bee Gees, who originally intended it for Diana Ross in an R&B style. However, they later changed their mind and offered it to Kenny Rogers for his album “Eyes That See in the Dark” in 1983. The song was named after a novel by Ernest Hemingway, which the Bee Gees admired.

Kenny Rogers recorded the song with producer Barry Gibb, but he was not satisfied with the result. He felt that something was missing and that the song needed a female voice. Coincidentally, Dolly Parton was in the same studio building that day, working on another project. Kenny’s manager spotted her and invited her to join Kenny in the recording booth. Dolly agreed and added her distinctive vocals to the song, creating a magical chemistry with Kenny.

The rest is history. “Islands in the Stream” was released as a single in August 1983 and became a huge hit. It reached number one on the Billboard Hot 100, Country, and Adult Contemporary charts, making it one of the rare songs to achieve this feat. It also topped the charts in several other countries, including Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. It sold over two million copies in the US and was certified platinum by the RIAA. It also won several awards, including an American Music Award for Favorite Country Single and a Grammy nomination for Best Pop Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.

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“Islands in the Stream” also marked the beginning of a long-lasting friendship and musical partnership between Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. They went on to record more duets, such as “Real Love” and “You Can’t Make Old Friends”, and performed together on many occasions. They also shared a mutual respect and admiration for each other as artists and as people. In 2017, Dolly Parton joined Kenny Rogers for his farewell concert in Nashville, where they sang “Islands in the Stream” for the last time.

“Islands in the Stream” is more than just a song. It is a testament to the power of collaboration, creativity, and love. It is a song that transcends genres, generations, and boundaries. It is a song that celebrates the connection between two souls who find each other in a world of uncertainty. It is a song that will always be remembered as one of the greatest duets of all time.

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Lyrics

Baby, when I met you there was peace unknown
I set out to get you with a fine tooth comb
I was soft inside
There was something going on
You do something to me that I can’t explain
Hold me closer and I feel no pain
Every beat of my heart
We got something going on
Tender love is blind
It requires a dedication
All this love we feel needs no conversation
We ride it together, ah ha
Making love with each other, ah ha
Islands in the stream
That is what we are
No one in between
How can we be wrong?
Sail away with me
To another world
And we rely on each other, ah ha
From one lover to another, ah ha
I can’t live without you if the love was gone
Everything is nothing if you got no one
And you did walk in the night
Slowly losing sight of the real thing
But that won’t happen to us and we got no doubt
Too deep in love and we got no way out
And the message is clear
This could be the year for the real thing
No more will you cry
Baby, I will hurt you never
We start and end as one
In love forever
We can ride it together, ah ha
Making love with each other, ah ha
Islands in the stream
That is what we are
No one in between
How can we be wrong?
Sail away with me
To another world
And we rely on each other, ah ha
From one lover to another, ah ha
Sail away
Oh, come sail away with me
Islands in the stream
That is what we are
No one in between
How can we be wrong?
Sail away with me
To another world
And we rely on each other, ah ha
From one lover to another, ah ha
Islands in the stream
That is what we are
No one in between
How can we be wrong?
Sail away with me
To another world
And we rely on each other, ah ha
From one lover to another, ah ha
Islands in the stream
That is what we are
No one in between