Olivia’s ‘gift to fans’ months after death
ICONIC singer Olivia NewtonJohn is giving a “gift to fans” with the release of a new album nine months after her death.
The Grease actress’s album, titled Just The Two Of Us – The Duets Collection Volume One, features unreleased recordings.
Dolly Parton is one of the biggest stars on the 17-track album – out now – with a duet of Jolene.
Other big names include Sir Cliff Richard (Suddenly), Mariah Carey (Hopelessly Devoted To You), Olivia’s daughter Chloe Lattanzi (Window In The Wall) and Grease co-star John Travolta (Take A Chance).
Dolly, 77, said: “My first memory of Olivia was when her song Let Me Be There was a hit. I have loved her ever since.
“I loved every moment that I got to spend with her.” Her last memory of Olivia is singing Jolene together. Dolly said she was “proud” to be part of the duet project.
A video clip showed Olivia in the studio saying: “I’m excited. I’ve always wanted to work with Dolly.” Mariah, 54, said: “I dressed up as Bad Sandy [from Grease] for Halloween in 5th grade. Years later, THE Olivia Newton-John walked out onto my stage in Melbourne, Australia, and we sang our hearts out to Hopelessly Devoted To You. This is a moment I will never ever forget.” Chloe, 37, said she always wanted to sing with her mother.
She added: “I knew I wanted to record it, not only because it was with my mum but I felt the lyrics and message might help people see things from another perspective.”
Last August, Olivia, 73, died after a 30-year battle with breast cancer. Her grieving husband businessman John Easterling announced the news online.
Blake Davis, of Green Hill Productions, said: “When an artist has amassed a career spanning over 50 years, there are sometimes one or two memorable duets.
“Olivia has been an exception to that rule. It was a lot of fun putting together this record. This was a project Olivia was excited about releasing and we think it will become an instant fan favourite.”