Dolly Parton Mourns Death Of “Special Friend” Olivia Newton-John

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Olivia Newton-John passed away on Monday (August 8) following her third battle with cancer. The beloved singer and actress was 73.

Newton-John was known around the world for playing Sandy in Grease and for recording hit pop songs such as “Physical.” But she didn’t only sing pop music. Newton-John enjoyed a successful country music career too, with a total of seven Top 10 Billboard Hot Country chart singles. She also won the CMA’s Female Vocalist of the Year award in 1974.

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Due to her involvement in the country music community, many country artists formed close bonds with Newton-John. Dolly Parton considered Newton-John to be a dear friend, so she was heartbroken when she heard about her death.

 

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Parton released a short statement on social media addressing Newton-John’s passing. She said:

So sad to have lost my special friend Olivia Newton-John. So happy that our lives crossed paths. I know her voice is singing beautifully with the angels. With Love, Dolly.”

 

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Beyond being friends, Newton-John recorded Parton’s “Jolene” and featured it on her 1976 album Come On Over. You can watch Newton-John deliver a live performance of the song in the video below.

Our hearts and prayers go out to Newton-John’s friends and family during this sad time. She is so dearly missed.

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