Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton And Willie Nelson Singing “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys” Is Perfect

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What a dang trio.

Back in 1989, the all-star cast consisting of Willie NelsonDolly Parton and Kenny Rogers teamed up for the TV special Kenny, Dolly and Willie: Something Inside So Strong, which was performed in Houston, Texas.

The concert was specially curated for employees of NASA, along with their families, to help celebrate the U.S. space program. In sticking with that theme, archival footage of NASA space missions was shown throughout the concert.

Of course, they each played their big hits and did duets with each other, riffing back and forth and poking fun the entire time, and it’s a really neat piece of country music that is timeless in terms of their talent and legacy as artists. You can tell that they’re all genuinely friends, which makes it as fun to watch as the music element that’s stellar too, of course.

One of my favorite parts of the hour-long special is when the three of them perform Willie’s hit with his friend Waylon Jennings, “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,” which Kenny told everyone was also submitted to him to record at one time:

“There’s a song that you did that I wanna do in this group of songs.

I don’t know if you know this, but actually, ‘Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,’ they submitted that song to me I think before you did it.”

Willie jokingly replied:

“I didn’t know that, but they actually submitted ‘The Gambler’ to me, did you know that?”

And of course, Dolly hilariously quipped:

“They didn’t give me nothin’!”

The mutual respect and admiration between these three is incredible, and the whole film is well-worth your time to check out this weekend.

Country music might’ve peaked right here, honestly…

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