Dolly Parton Reveals When She ‘First Became Aware of Kenny [Rogers]’: Inside Their Friendship

by Jeremy Spirogis
Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers

Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers recorded a few hit duets collectively, notably “Islands in the Stream, “You Can’t Make Old Friends,” and “Real Love.” When singing collectively, they’ve a manner of spreading the love they shared for one another to all these listening at house. Though many keep in mind the pair for his or her heartwarming harmonies and merry melodies, their friendship prolonged far past their musical collaborations. Rogers died in March 2020, and Parton took the time to have a good time their decade-spanning friendship on social media. 

Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers
Photo of Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers | Beth Gwinn/Redferns

During an interview with PopCulture, Parton revealed when she first turned conscious of Kenny Rogers. Parton was initially drawn in by the person’s witty lyrics and soothing voice. 

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Parton talks about ‘Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In’

Parton informed PopCulture that she first found Rogers when he was “with a group called First Edition.” She mentioned: 

I first turned conscious of Kenny when he was with a bunch referred to as First Edition…I heard a track referred to as “I Just Dropped In to See What Condition My Condition Was In.” I believed that was very intelligent, however I liked the sound of his voice and I type of adopted round to see who he was and acquired extra concerned in his music…

Parton | PopCulture 

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Written through the counterculture period by Mickey Newbury, the 1968 chart-topper was reportedly written to replicate the LSD expertise — a warning in regards to the risks surrounding the drug. Though the tune clashed with Rogers’ later works, it helped put the artist on the map. 

Inside Parton and Rogers’ lengthy friendship 

When Rogers died, Parton shared a video to mourn his loss of life and have a good time the time they spent collectively. She mentioned: 

I do know that everyone knows Kenny’s in a greater place than we’re today, however I’m positive he’s going to be speaking to God someday today, if he ain’t already, and he’s gonna be asking Him to unfold some gentle onto this darkness happening right here…I liked Kenny with all my coronary heart, and my coronary heart’s damaged.

Parton | PopCulture 

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Parton went on to notice that, typically, you don’t understand how a lot somebody issues to you till they’re gone. She shared in a caption:

You by no means understand how a lot you like anyone till they’re gone…I’ve had so many great years and great instances with my friend Kenny, however above all of the music and the success I liked him as an exquisite man and a real friend. So you be secure with God and simply know that I’ll all the time love you, dolly. 

Parton | PopCulture

Parton and Rogers had been associates from a really younger age — when each had been nonetheless climbing the ladder within the music business, and their collaborations will perpetually be remembered. 

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