Dolly Parton and Keith Urban have been among the many stars who contributed to a compilation video of tributes that was performed throughout Olivia Newton-John‘s state memorial service in Australia on Sunday (Feb. 26.)
Together with stars like Mariah Carey, Elton John, Pink, Hugh Jackman and others, Parton and City expressed their love for Newton-John and shared recollections of the late multi-genre star. In her speech, Parton additionally addressed the individuals of Australia, which was Newton-John’s dwelling nation.
“She’s one in every of your individual. And as a rustic, you have to be very proud and know that the entire world mourns with you,” the nation legend mirrored. “I had the dignity of singing along with her a number of instances and I thought-about her an awesome pal, in addition to a fellow entertainer. And Olivia, to cite one in every of your songs, ‘I Truthfully Love You.’ Thanks for shining your gentle on us.”
Parton’s collaborations with Newton-John includes a joint re-recording of Parton’s classic “Jolene,” which turned out to be the ultimate video of Newton-John’s life. “Jolene” was amongst Newton-John’s favourite songs.
City’s remembrance of the late star included his reminiscence of the very first time they met, at a late Nineteen Nineties songwriting retreat. “The very first thing that struck me about her was, she was precisely as I imagined she’d be as an individual,” he mentioned. “No pretenses, no facade, simply the true deal. Heat, pleasant, sort, . Only a gentle, an actual gentle.”
Newton-John was additionally tasked with introducing City onstage at a later occasion, which turned out to be the identical night time that he met his now-wife, actor Nicole Kidman. “And there she was, a part of our very, very starting. So for that and plenty of extra causes, she’s at all times gonna play a really, very particular function in our life,” he commented.
“However the actually actually extraordinary factor about Olivia is the legacy she’s left, not solely in music, not solely in movie, however her humanitarian legacy is extraordinary. And that is the type of factor that can go on for generations and assist tens of millions and tens of millions of individuals,” City added.
Kidman additionally spoke in the course of the video tribute, chatting with the magnitude of Newton-John’s legacy each on the world as a complete and on her personally as a younger aspiring artist. “I grew up along with her, listening to her. I might carry out her songs at college. I keep in mind once I first noticed Grease, I used to be like, ‘I wanna be Olivia Newton-John!’ So to have the ability to pay tribute to her tonight is extremely necessary to us,” she defined.
On the state memorial itself, Newton-John’s husband John Easterling and her daughter Chloe Lattanzi each spoke, as did Delta Goodrem, who performed the late star within the 2018 biopic sequence Olivia Newton-John: Hopelessly Dedicated to You.
The service, which was held at Hamer Corridor in Arts Centre Melbourne, was open to the general public. It was additionally livestreamed, and shall be accessible to look at via March 5.
Newton-John died on Aug. 8, 2022 at the age of 73, after a battle with breast most cancers.
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