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"Rockin' Years"
Single by Dolly Parton with Ricky Van Shelton
from the album Eagle When She Flies and Backroads
B-side "What a Heartache"
Released February 4, 1991[1]
Format 7" single, CD Single
Recorded November 8, 1990[1]
Genre Country
Length 3:25
Label Columbia
Writer(s) Floyd Parton
Producer Steve Buckingham, Gary Smith, Dolly Parton[1]
Dolly Parton chronology
"Take Me Back to the Country"
(1990)
"Rockin' Years"
(1991)
"Silver and Gold"
(1991)
Ricky Van Shelton chronology
"Life's Little Ups and Downs"
(1990)
"Rockin' Years"
(1991)
"I Am a Simple Man"
(1991)

"Rockin' Years" is a song written by Floyd Parton and released as a single in 1991 by American country music artists Dolly Parton and Ricky Van Shelton. Serving as the lead-off single to both Parton's 1991 album Eagle When She Flies and Shelton's 1991 album Backroads, the song reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) chart, giving Parton her twenty-third number one and Shelton his eighth.

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The song is a mid-tempo country waltz in which two narrators — a male and a female — promise to love each other until their "rockin' years"; i.e., when they are old and sitting in rocking chairs together.

Chart performance

Chart (1991) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Preceded by
"Down Home"
by Alabama
Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks
number-one single

April 27-May 4, 1991
Succeeded by
"If I Know Me"
by George Strait
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

May 18, 1991
Succeeded by
"Drift Off to Dream"
by Travis Tritt

Other recorded versions

George Jones recorded a version of this song with Parton on his 2008 album Burn Your Playhouse Down - The Unreleased Duets.

References

  1. ^ a b c (1992) Album notes for Greatest Hits Plus by Ricky Van Shelton [CD]. Columbia Records (52753).
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