Life of Kenny Ray Rogers
Facts About Kenny Rogers
Kenny Rogers passed away last night and he is a singer that will be missed. He was actually a singer, songwriter, record producer, actor and entrepreneur. He was born on August 21, 1938, in Houston, Texas and died on March 20, 2020, in Sandy Springs, Georgia of natural causes. In 2013, he was voted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013. He was primarily a country music singer but he charted more than 120 hit singles in various music genres and he topped the country and pop album charts for more than 200 weeks in the USA.
Kenny Rogers was one of the best singer stars as he sold over 100 million records worldwide. He was thought of as a very good singer and an all around good man. He sang many duets with various stars, including Dolly Parton who really loved this man.
In The Beginning
Kenny Rogers first sang with The Scholars, then he got started singing with jazz singer Bobby Doyle and the New Christy Minstrels in 1961. He played the double bass and bass guitar in addition to singing. He and the new Christy Minstrels founded a new group called the First Edition. Their first hit record was "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)”. This psychedelic rock song reached number five on the Billboard charts.
Rogers took a leadership role over the years and in 1969, with “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town”. This band broke up between 1975 and 1976.
I feel like I learn something from everything I do.
Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton - Islands in the Stream
Kenny Rogers began performing as a solo singer but he sang several duets with singers like Dolly Parton, Sheena Easton and he had a songwriting partnership with Lionel Richie. In 1978, Rogers sang “The Gambler”, which won him a Grammy award in 1980. In addition, two of his albums, “The Gambler” and “Kenny” made him one of the most influential country albums ever. He also sang “Lady”, which was written by Lionel Richie.
Rogers was able to develop the Gambler persona into a successful character for a series of television films. His first album that was successful was “I Can’t Unlove You”.
My music was my life, and it played a large part in my inability to sustain relationships.
- Rogers married five times, first to Janice Gordon in 1958 and divorced in 1960. They had a daughter named Carol Lynn.
- Then, he married Jean in October, 1960 but divorced in 1963.
- His third marriage was to Margo Anderson in Oct. 1964 and divorced in 1976.
- Next he married Marianne Gordon in Oct. 1977 and divorced in 1993. They had one child.
- His fifth marriage was to Wanda Miller in June 1997 and they had twin sons. They stayed married for the twenty two years until Rogers died.
Kenny Rogers - We've Got Tonight (With Sheena Easton)
Awards and Later Career
Rogers received numerous awards including the AMAs, Grammys, ACMs and the CMAs. In 2003, he also received the lifetime achievement award as he had a career that spanned six decades. He was voted as the “Favorite Singer of All Time” in 1986. Two of his other well-known songs are “We’ve Got Tonight” and “Through the Years”. Rogers sold over 120 million albums over the years.
Rogers had 24 number one hits throughout his career. He sold fifty million albums in the United States alone. In 1985, he participated in singing “We Are the World” with three dozen other singers. He then co-chaired “Hands Across America”, which raises awareness concerning the homeless and the hungry in the U.S.
He co-founded a chain of restaurants called Kenny Rogers Roasters that was in collaboration with the former Kentucky Fried Chicken CEO John Y. Brown Jr. These restaurants closed in the U.S. but they are still open in Asia. He also publish his autobiography.
He toured on a regular basis until he chose to retire in 2017. He acted in television shows and in movies. He acted in The Gambler and the MacShayne series for The NBC Mystery Movie and the Six Pack in 1982.
He had a farewell show in 2017 that featured his most popular songs and there were several of his closests friends.
Remembering Kenny Rogers
Kenny Rogers was loved by many people and he is a legend. His family states they will have a small, private family service due to their concern about the coronavirus. They would like to celebrate his life at a later date, according to his publicist. He will be missed by many.
Many singers have made statements at this time, including Dolly Parton, Blake Shelton and many others.
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© 2020 Pamela Oglesby