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Sheena Easton on Kenny Rogers Duet 'We've Got Tonight': 'His Talent Made Every Note Seem Effortless'

Kenny Rogers and Sheena Easton
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Kenny Rogers and Sheena Easton

The smash topped Hot Country Songs on April 9, 1983.

On April 9, 1983, Kenny Rogers and Sheena Easton's "We've Got Tonight" rose 2-1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, leading the list for a week.

Rocker Bob Seger wrote the ballad and his original reached No. 13 on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 in 1979. Rogers and Easton's take did even better on the Hot 100, hitting No. 6.

Their cover of "Tonight" also peaked at No. 2 for five weeks on the Adult Contemporary chart. (Rogers couldn't have been too upset about missing No. 1: It was blocked by "You Are," by Lionel Richie, who penned Rogers' smash "Lady," which led AC, Hot Country Songs and the Hot 100 in 1980.)

The duet became Rogers' 14th of 21 Hot Country Songs leaders and the only No. 1 on the chart for pop star Easton.

Rogers died on March 20 at age 81. "It was a privilege to work with Kenny," Easton, 60, tells Billboard. "His voice was unique and his talent made every note seem effortless. I learned so much just watching him work and I will be forever grateful that he touched my life and made it better. He will be missed."

Easton, a dual British-American citizen, has likewise mounted a successful career on Billboard's charts, with her résumé including the 1981 Hot 100 No. 1 "Morning Train (Nine to Five)," her first of 20 entries (and seven top 10s) on the survey.

As an actress in both film and theater, she most recently portrayed Dorothy Brock in a revival of 42nd Street, which premiered in March 2017 in London's West End.