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Dolly Parton Performs Late Kenny Rogers' 'Sweet Music Man' in His Honor

Jaimie-lee Prince
Apr 10, 2020
05:30 A.M.
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Dolly Parton caused fans to tear up as she honored the late Kenny Rogers with a rendition of one of his songs on Thursday. The event made up an at-home concert with other stars.

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Kenny Rogers was remembered by his former friends and collaborators who are home in self-isolation amid the coronavirus. They took part in an online concert for a CBS special.

Rogers passed away on March 20, 2020, at the age of 81. He reportedly died of natural causes while at his home surrounded by loved ones. Dolly Parton's candle-lit tribute is found below.

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Parton sings her friend's old song

For her virtual cover, Parton sang Rogers' 1977 hit, "Sweet Music Man." Posted by the Country Music Television's (CMT) YouTube channel, the clip received nearly 8,000 views.

In the video, a made-up Parton sat holding her guitar and wearing a white long sleeve blouse. Behind her was a black curtain and four lit candles. The country star sang into a silver mic in front of her.

A portrait of American country singer-songwriter Dolly Parton in London, 1983. | Photo: Getty Images

A portrait of American country singer-songwriter Dolly Parton in London, 1983. | Photo: Getty Images

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Parton and Rogers' popular songs

Parton's voice touched hearts as people in the comments expressed how moved they were by the tribute. Parton and Rogers' most famous duet together was 1983's "Islands in the Stream."

The pair also collaborated on 1985's "Real Love." CMT also shared features from Gavin DeGraw, Jennifer Nettles, Lionel Richie, Randy Houser, Rascal Flatts, Vince Gill, Jason Isbell, Amanda Shires, and Michael McDonald.

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Parton reacts to news of Rogers' death

Back in March, Parton reacted to the news of her longtime friend's death with a Facebook post of her speaking at a piano. "You never know how much you love someone until they're gone," she captioned it.

In the clip, Parton said that Rogers was in a better place and that she hoped he'd ask God to shine some light on the darkness going on today. She added that a big old chunk of her heart was now missing.

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Parton tries to make a difference

Towards the end, Parton began to get emotional as she held up a photograph of her and Rogers. Our hearts go out to all of Rogers' friends, family, and fans.

Even as she mourns her late friend, Parton is making efforts towards alleviating the crisis caused by the coronavirus. Last week, for instance, she donated $1 million to research.

Dolly Parton accepts the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year Award on February 8, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images.

Dolly Parton accepts the 2019 MusiCares Person of the Year Award on February 8, 2019, in Los Angeles, California. | Photo: Getty Images.

The iconic blonde gave money to the Medical Center of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Texas, where it will go towards finding a cure for COVID-19. We wish Parton safety and relief.

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