23 Songs That Were Secretly Written By Huge Stars

1. Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton’s “Islands in the Stream,” Written by The Bee Gees
When TheBee Gees first set out to craft this fan favorite, inspired by an Ernest Hemingway novel of the same name, they did so with the intention that it would be an R&B song performed by Marvin Gaye, according to an interview band members RobinandBarry Gibb gave to BBC Radio 2. It was only later, in 1983, that Kenny Rogers got ahold of the track and brought in Dolly Parton to help him belt out the Bee Gees-crafted tune that would inevitably give both Rogers and Parton their second No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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