Dolly Parton Sings Touching Rendition of ‘I Will Always Love You’ for Kenny Rogers’ Concert Farewell

In one of Kenny Rogers’ final stage moments, Dolly Parton delivered her iconic song ‘I Will Always Love You’ as a farewell to the celebrated country musician during his 2017 goodbye concert in Nashville, Tennessee. Rogers departed this life on March 20, 2020, at 81 years old in his Georgia residence.

Ever since their famous duet ‘Islands in the Stream’ hit the airwaves in the 1980s, Rogers and Parton shared a bond that transcended their on-stage collaborations, maintaining a friendship that endured for decades. This partnership saw them produce numerous country classics that resonated beyond their core fan base, culminating in Rogers’ 2017 retirement concert, as reported by Rolling Stone, which would be the final occasion the duo would perform together prior to Rogers’ death.

Parton joined an illustrious roster of country music luminaries at the event, including Reba McEntire, Lady Antebellum, and Lionel Richie, as noted by People. Taking the stage hours into the concert, Parton serenaded Rogers in a poignant moment that stood out to the packed audience at Bridgestone Arena, paying homage to the country music icon.

On stage in 2017, Parton expressed her deep connection to Rogers, as per People, stating, “There’s a part of my heart that will forever be reserved just for you. I’m going to hold onto that piece and sing you a special song.”

With Rogers watching from the sidelines, Parton commenced her heartfelt rendition of the ’70s hit ‘I Will Always Love You.’ However, the evening couldn’t conclude on that note alone. The pair had one last performance in store, their memorable ‘Islands in the Stream’ duet, marking Rogers’ final public appearance. Following this iconic song, the legends exited the stage, mic drop and all, concluding Rogers’ illustrious 60-year career. Rogers’ passing saw an overwhelming flow of tributes, including from Parton herself, who expressed her deep affection and loss in a heartfelt Instagram video tribute, reiterating the enduring line from their last performance, saying, “I will always love you.”

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