Olivia Newton-John estate releases post-mortem duet with Dolly Parton
The two music legends recorded Parton’s ‘Jolene’ before Newton-John died.
The family of Olivia Newton-John have released a never-before-heard recording of the late ‘Hopelessly Devoted’ singer and Dolly Parton singing the latter’s hit song, ‘Jolene’, which was her final recording.
Newton-John’s estate has released a final recording compilation of her music called ‘Just the Two of Us — the Duets Collection Volume One’.
The ‘Grease’ actress died after battling breast cancer for 30 years, in August of 2023. She was 73-years-old.
How Dolly Parton remembers Olivia Newton-John
The new recordings were released Friday in a 17-track album, and included Dolly Parton singing ‘Jolene’ with Olive Newton-John.
“My last memory of Olivia was when I sang with her on my song ‘Jolene’,” Parton said in a statement. “Olivia, may you rest in peace. You left a spot that no one else will ever fill.”
“My first memory of Olivia was when her song ‘Let Me Be There’ was a hit. I have loved her ever since.”
“We had many occasions that we got to share together, either backstage or performing on the same shows, and I loved every moment that I ever got to spend with her. I’ve always been inspired by her grit, tenderness, willingness, and determination.”
The release of the new music video
When the official social media accounts for Newton-John released the recording, Parton herself was seen introducing the video.
“We’ve always stayed close through the years and I am just so proud to be a part of this duet project that she’s doing,” Parton said in the video.
“I’m excited. I’ve always wanted to work with Dolly,” added Newton-John before starting to sing.
Newton-John has also collaborated with Mariah Carey on ‘Hopelessly Devoted to You’, John Travolta on ‘Take a Chance’, her daughter Chloe Lattanzi on ‘Window in the Wall’, and David Foster on ‘The Best of Me’ — to name a few.