The country icon performed a somber virtual rendition of Rogers' 1977 hit, "Sweet Music Man," accompanied by only her acoustic guitar and surrounded by candles. A video of Parton's cover can be seen below.
"Oh, but nobody sings a love song quite like you do / Oh, and nobody else can make me sing along / Nobody else can make me feel things are right / When I know they're wrong, nobody sings a love song quite like you," Parton sings.
The performance was featured on CMT Giants Kenny Rogers: A Benefit for MusiCares, a concert honoring the life and music of Rogers and also raising money for MusiCares COVID-19 relief fund.
Rogers died on Friday night (March 20) at the age of 81-years-old. "The Rogers family is sad to announce that Kenny Rogers passed away last night at 10:25 p.m. at the age of 81," a statement posted on his social media said. "Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family."
Following the news, Parton turned to social media to share an emotional video in remembrance of her dear friend. “I loved Kenny with all my heart, and my heart’s broken and a big ole chunk of it has gone with him today," Parton said in the clip. "And I think I can speak for all his family, his friends, and fans when I say that I will always love you."
Parton and Rogers friendship spans over 30 years. The two have several duets together, including "You Can’t Make Old Friends," "The Greatest Gift of All," "Real Love," the fan-favorite 1983 hit, "Islands In The Stream" and more. They have also recorded several albums together such as Once Upon a Christmas (1984), Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers (1999),and Kenny & Dolly (2003).
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