One of the best known names in america, dolly and kenny, the gambler and the smoky mountain songbird. This dynamic duo is back together making music and headlines, talking long-time rumors from dolly... See More
One of the best known names in america, dolly and kenny, the gambler and the smoky mountain songbird. This dynamic duo is back together making music and headlines, talking long-time rumors from dolly parton's infamous back pain to kenny rogers going under the knife and how the pair, meaning dolly and kenny, seem to stay frozen in time. Abc's reporter sat down with the king and queen of country music. ♪ We started here ♪ Reporter: For country music fans the anthem of a generation, two of its biggest stars teaming up for what would become one of the best selling duets of all time. ♪ Islands in the stream that is what we are ♪ Reporter: It has taken 30 years but now kenny rogers and dolly parton are back together. Recording another duet for kenny's most recent album aptly called -- ♪ you can't make old friends ♪ Reporter: They sat down exclusively with us to talk about romance, rumors and how much they and their faces have changed over the last three decades. Changes not lost on the tabloids. That was a bit painful though it was true. Dolly would say old kenny has been to jiffy suck again. Telling him, be honest. Think he has grown into his facelift now, he looks great. I say he softened up. I am still growing -- you are ageless. What are the craziest rumors you heard about yourself throughout the years? I heard everything. They say all the time I am down, my boobs are so big, my back is broken. I am willing to sacrifice my hef health for the boobs. And I am. It's not true. Even if their looks have changed that first hit together still seems ageless. Reporter: When you hear what people say about it how it changed their lives, what does it make you feel? Good. But I love the song the same way the fans do. As soon as I hear that first note, the intro I want to sing along with it. It is always great. No question it is the crown to everything, to have done the song with her, and have it be accepted so highly worldwide, that's what makes it so interesting. Matter where I go the one thing they ask for is "island in the stream." Reporter: And especially interesting twist, considering rodgers initially rejected that song, written by barry gibb and the beegees. You didn't like it? I didn't like it. I couldn't sing it. It wasn't me. You needed me? I did. After four days, I said, barry i don't like the song any more. It was like an epiphany. He said we need dolly parton just like that. I said how do we go about getting dolly parton. 45 minutes she comes walking in. Recording studio. Reporter: The rest is music history. Island in the stream became the biggest country song of the year selling more than 2 million copies worldwide. Of course, both singers achieved enormous success as solo artists. Rogers with "the gambler." ♪ You got to know when to hold them ♪ sold 120 million records worldwide making him the eighth best selling male artist of all time. Parton has sold an estimated 100 million albums. ♪ Working 9:00 to 5:00 ♪ Reporter: Many the sound tracks to most popular movies, like "9:00 to 5:00." And then there was the song she recorded herself. ♪ I will always love you ♪ ♪ and I ♪ Reporter: Years later the iconic performance by whitney houston. ♪ Will always love you ♪ Reporter: Parton is quite the respected business woman and even has her own theme park, dollywood. But nothing they have done individually was quite like perf together. My life has the not been the same since. Mine either. Reporter: Where did the chemistry come from? He is very familiar to me. He seems like family. I saw my brothers, uncles, dad, and cousins. Deon't say granddad. Reporter: There have long been rumors how platonic the relationship was. Let's set the record straight, was there anything beyond a friendship here? Never. Never, we could have. It never crossed our minds. I have been with my husband 48 years. That's not to say I am blind or dead. I always thought he was handsome. I think that chemistry and that connection comes from an unrequited love if you will. Because we never consummated anything. And I will guarantee you everybody thinks we did. Could we now before we die? Reporter: Parton is married to businessman, carl thomas dean, all most never seen in public. But for rogers the right partners seem to allude him. After four failed marriages it was the fifth time that was the charm. He has been married to wanda miller, a woman 28 years his junior since 1997. Kenny and dolly went their separate ways. But now these lifelong friends have reunited to create new musical memories. It is really our story, when you hear the lyrics to it. ♪ We'll be young again you can't make old friends ♪ Reporter: Seeing them together once more any fan would have to ask -- can you just do something for my memory sake. Can I get one or two lines from "islands in the stream." ♪ Islands in the stream ♪ get in your key. ♪ Islands in the stream that's what we are no one in between how can we be ♪ . ♪ Sail away with me ♪ she sings in your key. ♪ Islands in the stream that is what we are no one in between how can we be wrong sail away with me to another world and we rely on each other uh-huh ♪ ♪ from one lover to another uh-huh ♪ they'll never come to another concert! Kind of a cool gig for biana,
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