Dolly Parton and Barry Gibb Reprise 1968 Bee Gees Ballad

"Words" Is the Latest Release from Gibb's Country and Bluegrass Project

Right at the very beginning of Dolly Parton's solo country career, the Bee Gees were already eight years into their heyday. But somehow, along the way, Parton and Bee Gees' frontman Barry Gibb became fast friends.

So it's unlikely that anyone was surprised that the two artists, now both 74 years old, would join forces for a new take on an older Bee Gees ballad. It's part of Gibb's new album Greenfields: The Gibb Brothers’ Songbook Vol. 1 due out on Friday (Jan. 8). "I’ve dreamed of a project that would bring me together with some of the artists I admire most," Gibb posted on Twitter. In addition to his song with Parton, the album -- recorded in Nashville -- has Gibb singing with Keith Urban, Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert, Olivia Newton-John, Sheryl Crow, Jason Isbell, Brandi Carlile, Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch and more.

Both Parton and Gibb shared the news about their "Words" on New Year's day.

Gibb's two bandmates and brothers Robin and Maurice have died, leaving Gibb to carry on the tradition of their immensely popular soft-rock sound. The trio performed "Words" shortly after its release on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1968.

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CIRCA 1967: (L-R) British singer, songwriter and record producer Robin Gibb (1949-2012), British musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer Maurice Gibb (1949-2003) and British-American singer, songwriter, musician and record producer Barry Gibb, collectively known as the Bee Gees, pose for a portrait, circa 1967. (Photo by Icon and Image/Getty Images)

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