Kenny Rogers' "Duets" - Monday, January 25, 2016

You know what?  It has been a long time since we last discussed any of the record albums displayed on the walls here at the American Treasure Tour.  After a multiple-hour meeting, with teams of negotiators in place, we have decided not only to return to these musical pieces of art, but to focus on an album by a man we've already talked about:  Kenny Rogers.  Yes, we did discuss his delicious roasters (a little), but mostly we talked about his musical career. Foolish us, we glossed over his album of duets with other famous country singers, so now - just due is being paid.

If someone asked you what Sheena Easton, Kim Carnes and Dottie West all had in common (and who wouldn't?), you could with confidence say they all sang duets with Kenny Rogers for an album released by Liberty Records in 1984.  Rogers was at the peak of his career that year, with three different albums all charting in 1984, Duets reaching a respectable #43 on the US country charts and #85 on the pop charts.  "We've Got Tonight" was Kenny's and Sheena Easton's big song together, originally sung by Bob Seger in 1978 and becoming a number one hit for Rogers and Easton.  Kim Carnes sang with Rogers on "Don't Fall in Love with a Dreamer," which reached number three during its original release in 1980.  Dottie West sang along on all the other eight tracks included in the album, notably "Every Time Two Fools Collide," which hit number one for the duo in 1978.  The album went platinum.

Rogers announced towards the end of last year that he would be retiring in 2016 to spend time with his family.  Sheena Easton and Kim Carnes continue to perform music, while Easton also makes an occasional acting appearance every now and then.  Tragically, Dottie West died in 1991 after an automobile accident on her way to perform at the Grand Ole Opry.  Fortunately, there are albums including Duets out there to help preserve her legacy. 
QUESTION:  In 1981, Kenny Rogers sang a duet with Dolly Parton called "Islands in the Stream." What famous brothers team performed on that song with them?
A)  The Doobies
B)  The Gibbs
C)  The Allmans
D)  The Jonas

WE LOVE TELEVISION.  Yes, it's true.  In fact, you would be hard pressed to find someone who does not enjoy anything on the old boob tube.  Some people might prefer the unbiased reporting you can find on certain news programs, while others may have a favorite cartoon or situation comedy, or a good crime drama.  The problem was that there was no way to recognize the "best" tv shows - at least before January 25th, 1949.  That was the day of the first Emmy Awards celebration, in the Hollywood Athletic Club in California.  Granted, few homes had the luxury of a television set back then, and only shows that aired in the Los Angeles area were qualified to win, but the makers of Pantomime Quiz on KTLA must have been very excited to beat out all the other contestants, that all aired on KTLA also.

HERBIE!  Born today in 1931 was an actor who endeared himself to many a young boy and girl in the 1970's and who we lost this past year.  His name was Dean Jones, and he is best remembered as the first "owner" of Herbie the Love Bug in the movie of the same name, which came out in 1968.  The Alabama native moved to New York to make his cinematic debut in the late-1950's, and he didn't stop going until shortly before his passing at the age of 84 of complications from Parkinson's Disease.

QUOTE:  You're not drunk if you can lie on the floor without holding on. - Dean Martin

ANSWER:  B)  The Gibbs.  Barry wrote it, too!