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October 31st, 2005 12:02pm EST
Dolly PartonTwo of music's most respected, performer/songwriters Dolly Parton and Sir Elton John are joining forces for a musical first on "The 39th Annual CMA Awards" when they perform together during "Country Music's Biggest Night." Parton will join John in a performance of "Turn the Lights Out When You Leave."

"I've always admired Sir Elton's songwriting, musicianship and singing and I'm thrilled to be working with him," Parton said. "It should be a very passionate performance."

"The 39th Annual CMA Awards" airs live Tuesday, Nov. 15 (8:00-11:00 PM/ET) on the CBS Television Network from Madison Square Garden in New York City.

A member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, Dolly Parton has adroitly navigated Country and pop record charts as well as successful forays into television and film ("9 to 5," "Steel Magnolias"). She has authored more than 3,000 songs including the hits "Coat of Many Colors," "Jolene," "Tennessee Mountain Home" and "I Will Always Love You." She has been nominated for 35 CMA Awards and won Entertainer of the Year (1978), Female Vocalist of the Year (1975), and Musical Event of the Year twice, once with Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt (1988) and then with Vince Gill (1996).

Parton's latest musical project, Those Were the Days, is a heartfelt effort on which this single-minded artist locates renewed relevance in a dozen era-defining songs from the 1960s and '70s, including the John Lennon penned anthem "Imagine," which she is performing on the CMA Awards, backed by Elton John's band with him at the piano. "I was inspired to record 'Imagine,'" she said. "It is a song of hope and inspiration and perfect for the times."

Elton JohnSir Elton John's monumental career has spanned more than three decades making him one of the top-selling solo artists of all time with more than 200 million records sold worldwide. He has won a wide array of industry awards including GRAMMYs, Tonys and an Oscar as he continues to add innovative work to his personal catalog of 35 Gold and 25 Platinum albums (certified by the Recording Industry Association of America RIAA). He continues to perform his critically acclaimed "Red Piano" show exclusively at Caesars Palace.

John has continued his new millennium critical renaissance with the Gold certified, Top-20 charting album Peachtree Road, which will be re-released as a special CD+DVD package on November 15. The new package features three previously un-released bonus tracks from the hit British musical "Billy Elliot" as well as the new single and video for "Turn The Lights Out When You Leave," the video of which stars Teri Hatcher of "Desperate Housewives."

Other CMA performers already announced include:
Dierks Bentley, Big & Rich, Bon Jovi, CMA hosts Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Chesney, Jerry Douglas, Sara Evans, Faith Hill, Alan Jackson, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Miranda Lambert, Martina McBride, Willie Nelson, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Julie Roberts, Paul Simon, George Strait, Sugarland, Keith Urban, Gretchen Wilson, and Lee Ann Womack.

Other CMA presenters previously announced include:
Trace Adkins, James Gandolfini, Vince Gill, Billy Joel, Kris Kristofferson, LeAnn Rimes, Shania Twain, Trisha Yearwood, Reese Witherspoon and Joaquin Phoenix.

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