Unseen footage of Olivia Newton-John singing ‘Jolene’ with Dolly Parton has been shared.
The performance will be included on Newton-John’s posthumous album “Just the Two of Us: The Duets Collection,” which you can watch below.
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Grease singer and actress Olivia Newton-John died last August aged 73.
Before she died, however, Newton-John was working on a duet album. Just the Two of Us: The Duets Collection” is due out in May this year and includes a collaboration with Dolly Parton.
The new video opens with an introduction to Parton (“in case you don’t recognize me”) before saying how “excited” she is to work with Newton-John.
Parton went on to call Newton-John “one of my all-time favorites.”
“We’ve always been very close over the years and I’m very proud to be a part of this dice project she’s doing,” she said. “We’re going to sing one of my favorite songs, Jolene. She says it’s one of her favorites, so why don’t you do a duet on our favorite?”
Added Newton-John: “I’m excited, I’ve always wanted to sing with Dolly.”
“[Dolly] He was always there for me and what he did for me early in my career in Nashville is something I will never forget,” Newton-John said in an accompanying news release.
Newton-John and Parton first became friends in 1974, after Newton-John won the Country Music Association’s Vocalist of the Year award. According to the New York Post, she remains the only non-American artist to win that trophy. Newton-John recorded her own version of “Jolene” for her 1976 album “Come On Over.”
The full tracklist for Olivia Newton-John’s “Just the Two of Us: The Duets Collection” has not yet been released, but the compilation disc will feature a mix of new recordings and archive performances by the likes of Mariah Carey, Michael McDonald. John Travolta, Barry Gibb, Vanessa Amorosi, Jon Secada and their daughter Chloe Lattanzi. The album will be out on May 5.
Dolly Parton is currently working on her new album, Rock Star, which will feature covers of songs by Prince, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Lynyrd Skynyrd.