Kenny Rogers, Superstar Of Country Music And Singer Of ‘The Gambler’, Dies At 81 – Country-pop crooner Kenny Rogers, who specialized in narrative-driven ballads such as “Lucille” and “The Gambler,” died Friday night. He was 81.
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The superstar country singer and occasional actor Kenny Rogers, who won three Grammys and pop with such hits as “Lucille,” “Lady” and “Islands in the Stream” and embraced his persona as “The Gambler” on record and on TV, died on Friday night.
Actor-singer Kenny Rogers, a grizzled, raspy-voiced country-pop crooner, who died “peacefully” under hospice care in his home in Sandy Springs, Georgia on March 20, 2020, Friday.
A statement released by Kenny Rogers’ publicist, Keith Hagan on Friday evening says the country legend “passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family.” Rogers was 81 years old.
A three-time Grammy winner, Kenny Rogers died of natural causes at his home in Sandy Springs, Georgia.
Kenny Rogers’ publicist, Keith Hagan said Rogers’s family is only planning a small private service right now due to coronavirus concerns, but they plan to organize a larger public memorial to celebrate Kenny Rogers’ life and legacy at a later date.
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The Houston-born performer with the husky voice and silver beard Kenny Rogers sold tens of millions of records, released 65 albums and sold more than 165 million records, making him one of the most successful recording artists of all time.
Kenny Rogers’ duet “Make No Mistake, She’s Mine” with a male singer Ronnie Milsap, won a Grammy for best country duo in 1987.
Kenny Rogers won two other competitive Grammys, for “The Gambler” and “Lucille,” and was nominated 19 times. In 2013, Rogers was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Kenny Rogers was born fourth of eight children on Aug. 21, 1938 in Houston, Texas, and he actually launched his music career as a doo-wop artist in 1957 with the minor hit “The Crazy Feeling,” before joining a jazz group, the Bobby Doyle Trio, as a standup bass player in 1958.
Kenny Rogers broke through in 1967 as the frontman for The First Edition, an eclectic band that played a range from rock and R&B to folk and country. The group, which included Mickey Jones and Terry Williams, scored a pop hit with the psychedelic song, “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In).”
Kenny Rogers and First Edition mixed country-rock and folk on songs like “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town,” a story of a Vietnam veteran begging his girlfriend to stay.
After the group broke up in 1974, Kenny Rogers began his solo career and he broke through with his first major solo hit, “Lucille,” in 1977.
Kenny Rogers’ other hit singles included 1978’s “The Gambler” and “Love or Something Like It”; 1979’s “She Believes in Me,” “You Decorated My Life,” 1982’s “Love Will Turn You Around”; and 1983’s “We’ve Got Tonight.”
Another one of Kenny Rogers’ classic story songs, “Coward of the County,” went to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 and spawned another TV movie starring the affable, raspy Rogers.
Other hits included “You Decorated My Life,” “Every Time Two Fools Collide” with Dottie West, “Don’t Fall In Love with a Dreamer” with Kim Carnes, and “Lady,” written by Lionel Richie.
Kenny Rogers married Janice Gordon on May 15, 1958 and they divorced in April 1960 with one child.
Kenny married Jean Rogers in October 1960 and divorced her in 1963.
Rogers tied the knot with Margo Anderson in October 1964 and divorced her in 1976 they had one child.
Kenny Rogers married Marianne Gordon on October 1, 1977, and divorced her in 1993 with one child. His 1993 divorce settlement with Marianne Gordon, after 16 years of marriage, cost him $60 million.
Rogers had the fifth and final wife of 22 years, Wanda Miller, whom he married Wanda Miller on June 1, 1997. The couple had twin sons together.
Kenny Rogers is survived by his fifth wife, Wanda Miller, their twin sons Justin and Jordan, and his three children from previous marriages, Carole, Kennedy, and Christopher.
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