Remembering Kenny Rogers Two Years After His Death With Dolly Parton’s Tearful Tribute To Her “Friend And Singing Partner”

Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton are posing for a picture

It’s been two years today since we lost the legendary Kenny Rogers.

Of course, Kenny was known for hits like “The Gambler,” Islands In The Stream,” his iconic duet with Dolly Parton, “Lucille,” and many more.

In his career spanning six decades, Rogers amassed twenty-four number-one hits, six CMA Award wins, three GRAMMY Award wins, the CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013, the CMT Artist of a Lifetime Award honoree in 2015, and was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013.

After his passing was announced, the tributes started rolling in from all over the music world, everyone from Lionel Richie and Donny Osmond to Blake Shelton and Keith Urban.

But there was no tribute to Kenny more heartbreaking than the tearful video tribute that Dolly Parton posted for her “dear friend and singing partner.”

“Well, I couldn’t believe it this morning when I got up and turned on the TV, checking to see what the coronavirus was doing, and they told me that my friend and singing partner Kenny Rogers had passed away.

And I know that we all know Kenny’s in a better place than we are today, but I’m for sure he’s going to be talking to God sometime today if he ain’t already, and he’s going to be asking Him to spread some light on much of this darkness going on here.

But I loved Kenny with all my heart. My heart’s broken, and a big ole’ chunk of it has gone with him today. And I think that I can speak for all his family, his friends and fans when I say that I will always love you.”

Then with her voice breaking as she fought back tears, Dolly held up a picture of her and Kenny to show just how much her friend meant to her:

“Just happened to have this picture when I walked out this morning, of us. I walked out and I thought ‘Well maybe I’ll hold that up to everybody.’ 

So I know you’re sad, as I am, but God bless you Kenny, fly high, straight into the arms of God. And to the rest of you – keep the faith.”

Beautifully said, Dolly. And if seeing Dolly Parton cry doesn’t put a lump in your throat, I don’t know what will.

Here’s Kenny and Dolly’s final duet, a performance of “Islands in the Stream” at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville for Kenny’s 2017 All In For the Gambler farewell concert.

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock