There’s nothing like old friends.
Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton know this firsthand. The duo joined forces back in 1983 for their No. 1 hit “Islands in the Stream,” which became among the biggest hits of their careers. They then went on to record a Christmas album together, as well as the tracks “Love Is Strange” and “Real Love.”
Three decades later, they’re back with a new collaboration, “You Can’t Make Old Friends.” The duet between the two superstars is the title track of Rogers’ upcoming new album, his first country collection in seven years. You Can’t Make Old Friends is due out next month (Oct. 8).
The single is already available for download, but now there’s a new music video for it as well. Watch it below:
“It’s been 30 years since ‘Islands in the Stream’ was a hit,” Parton says during the intro to the “You Can’t Make Old Friends” video. “Til this day, I never get tired of hearing that song. Same with the audience. Everybody loves that song.”
Rogers then goes on to explain how when Parton walked into the room to record the track something very special happened.
Parton agrees. “There was just something about mine and Kenny’s chemistry with each other. Our friendship. People really sensed what we really feel.”
Referring to Parton as his “soul partner,” Rogers kicks off the poignant ballad wondering what he’ll do when she’s no longer with him.
“What will I do when you’re gone/ Who’s gonna tell me the truth/ Who’s gonna finish the stories I start/ The way you always do,” Rogers sings alone on stage.