Dolly Parton Offers Emotional Tribute to Kenny Rogers as 3-Year Anniversary of His Death Nears: ‘He’s Up There Singing’

County music superstar Dolly Parton offered an emotional tribute to another legend, Kenny Rogers, as the 3 year anniversary of his death approaches.

“I miss him so much,” Parton said.

“I’ve lost so many wonderful people in my life in the last few years.

“But Kenny — he was very, very dear and special and I never get tired of hearing us sing, all the years that we were on stage together.”

“You know how sometimes you get tired of singing something because it just becomes routine?

“But I would always lighten up when that particular song was due in the setlist.

“It just always made everybody feel so good in the audience and the audience always loved singing it.

“I never got tired of Kenny’s voice,” she said of her hit “Islands in the Stream” with Rogers.

“We recorded that song just in time too, honestly,” Parton said of the song “You Can’t Make Old Friends,” which they recorded in 2013.

“And now I can’t hardly sing it.”

“You can make new friends that feel like old friends, but there’s just something about the people that have spent years together.

“You have a history, and you learn about each other, inside and out.

“I knew Kenny very well. We’re very similar.

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“We’re like brother and sister really.

“He’s up there singing.

“I know that,” she said.

“I’ve done a lot of iconic songs with a lot of iconic singers.

“I might as well do everything I could possibly cram into this year.

“I’m not one to let time go to waste. I’m not one to let anything valuable go to waste if I can help it.”

READ MORE: Dolly Parton Breaks Silence on Naomi Judd’s Sudden Passing: ‘Just Know That I Will Always Love You’

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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