Back in 1989, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson teamed up for the television special Kenny, Dolly, & Willie: Something Inside So Strong. The hour-long concert event was held at Houston’s Johnson Space Center for NASA employees and their families on the twentieth anniversary of the first moon landing.
Parton gives an energetic rendition of “The Gambler” before Rogers himself joins in on the fun. The three poke fun a little fun at each other before rolling into a medley of “Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys,” “Sweet Music Man,” Nelson’s “On The Road Again,” and Parton’s “Two Doors Down,” and “Real Love.”
The trio of friends were obviously having a great time throughout the performance, which is one of the reasons why it became NBC’s highest rated variety show at the time and later won an Emmy Award. Over 25 years later, it still holds up as one of the most entertaining and impressive collaborations in country music history.
Click below to watch Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson to sing a medley of their biggest career hits together for Kenny, Dolly, & Willie: Something Inside So Strong.