Olivia Newton-John releases posthumous duet album featuring Dolly Parton, Mariah Carey and more
On Friday, Olivia Newton-Johns’ estate released a posthumous album with previously unpublished duets, including a collaboration with Dolly Parton on her hit song “Jolene.”
The beloved singer and “Grease” actress recorded the album titled “Just the Two of Us — the Duets Collection Volume One,” before her death last August.
The duet with Dolly Parton, one of 17 total tracks on the album, is said to be the last song she ever recorded, reports People.
“My first memory of Olivia was when her song ‘Let Me Be There’ was a hit. I have loved her ever since,” said Parton, 77, in a press release.
“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,” Parton added. “I’ve always been inspired by her grit, tenderness, willingness, and determination.”
The album also includes collaborations with stars like Mariah Carey on “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” Newton-John’s longtime friend John Travolta on “Take a Chance,” David Foster on “The Best of Me” and daughter Chloe Lattanzi on “Window in the Wall.”
“I dressed up as Bad Sandy for Halloween in 5th grade and thought I was everything,” said Carey, 54, in her own press release.
“Years later, THE Olivia Newton-John walked out onto my stage in Melbourne, Australia and we sang our hearts out together to ‘Hopelessly Devoted to You.’ This is a moment I will never ever forget,” Carey added.
Newton-John passed away in August at the age of 73, after a 30-year battle with cancer.
Her husband, John Easterling, remembered her on social media, posting on her official page, “Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey. ... Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine continues with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer.”