Country Throwback: Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton Duet on ‘A Christmas to Remember’ in 1980 TV Special

by Quentin Blount

In this country throwback, we are featuring the country queen herself, Dolly Parton. She sang “A Christmas to Remember” with the late Kenny Rogers in a 1980 television special.

It feels right to feature Dolly Parton in a country throwback on Christmas Day. The country music legend is well-known for her popular Christmas music.

Parton and Rogers released their holiday album, Once Upon A Christmas, in October of 1984. The album featured a ten-song tracklist full of some of Christmas’ greatest hits sung by both of the music icons themselves. It would go on to be certified 2x Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America in 1989. It was Rogers’ second Christmas album, following 1981’s Christmas, and Parton’s first.

Alongside the hit holiday album was the CBS Christmas television special Kenny & Dolly: A Christmas To Remember. The Christmas special aired the same year as the release of the album, just a few weeks before Christmas.

“A Christmas To Remember” is widely regarded as one of the most popular songs from the album. The music video for the song had fans laughing the entire time. The video begins with Parton and Rogers on the phone trying to arrange a time to see each other within the year. When their extremely busy schedules aren’t lining up, they are forced to choose a new date in December.

Listen to the popular holiday tune below to keep you in the Christmas spirit.

Below are the names of the 10 tracks featured on the iconic Christmas album:

  1. “I Believe in Santa Claus”
  2. “Medley: Winter Wonderland/Sleigh Ride”
  3. “Christmas Without You”
  4. “The Christmas Song”
  5. “A Christmas to Remember”
  6. “With Bells On”
  7. “Silent Night”
  8. “The Greatest Gift of All”
  9. “White Christmas”
  10. “Once Upon a Christmas”

Dolly Parton Performs ‘Circle of Love’ Live

With Christmas finally upon us, there’s no better way to stay in the festive mood than with another song by Dolly Parton.

The legendary singer is inviting everyone to take a look at the recent live performance of her song, “Circle of Love.” The song appears on her new album, “Holly Dolly Christmas.”

The country music star took to social media on Tuesday to announce that a video of her performing the tune was available online.

“We missed out on a lot of fun things this year, but I didn’t want you to miss the joy of hearing Christmas music performed live,” Parton wrote on Twitter.

“We honor and praise that gift from above,” Parton sings. “He holds all of us, in the circle of love.”

You can watch her performance of the song below:

“Circle of Love” is just one of 12 songs on Dolly Parton’s “Holly Dolly Christmas” album. In addition to Parton’s solo performances of Christmas classics such as “Holly Jolly Christmas” and “Mary, Did You Know?” the album also includes duets with other stars.

She teams up with prominent names in music including Billy Ray Cyrus, Miley Cyrus, Michael Buble, Willie Nelson, and her brother, Randy Parton. Additionally, Parton and Jimmy Fallon join forces for a fun rendition of the popular Mariah Carey song, “All I Want for Christmas is You.”