Two entertainment icons, Olivia Newton-John and Dolly Parton, come together again, this time to reimagine their hit duet of “Jolene” released earlier this year – as a dance remix to celebrate Pride Month.
The new remix “Jolene (Secs on the Beach Remix)” was produced by Aukoustics, secs on the beach, Boy Blue and is available today, June 9, 2023. Click here to purchase and download your copy.
The original version of the new “Jolene” duet was the last song and music video Olivia recorded before her passing in 2022 and is included on her hit album Just the Two of Us: The Duets Collection. (Video edited by Andrew Seger, produced by Green Hill.)
Olivia leaves behind a legacy of LGBTQ+ allyship and a sparkling career that has made her an eternal gay icon – from her hits including “Physical” to her films such as “Xanadu” (and its title track that has become a gay anthem), “Sordid Lives” and “It’s My Party.” She also headlined huge LGBTQ events including Sydney Mardi Gras, Los Angeles Pride, New York Pride and, on a Caribbean Atlantis Gay Cruise, set the record for the largest concert at sea – performing for over 5000 ecstatic gay fans.
Throughout her career Olivia has always held her gay fans in high regard. In fact, in 2012, she was one of the first celebrities to support same-sex marriage in her home country of Australia.
“With respect to marriage equality, I believe that no one has the right to judge and deny couples who love each other the ability to make a marriage commitment,” Newton-John said in a statement. “Love is love.”
After her New York Pride performance in 2011, she spoke to The Advocate about what it was like to perform the night after the state introduced same-sex marriage. “It was was electric, and there was so much excitement in the air from the couples,” said Olivia. “I think love is love. You find it when you can. It’s wonderful that it can be recognized. People who have had long relationships and care about each other and take care of each other should have the right to be married.”