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The Life Lived by Kenny Rogers

The entire world mourns after hearing the news of the death of longtime country singer Kenny Rogers. According to Fox News, the singer passed away peacefully on a Friday night in his home in Sandy Springs, Ga. Rogers was 81 years old.

“The Rogers family is sad to announce that Kenny Rogers passed away last night at 10:25PM at the age of 81. Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family,”in a post from the official Twitter account of Kenny Rogers.

The life lived by Kenny Rogers. Kenneth Ray Rogers, born in Houston Texas in 1938, started his recording career in the 1950s. He went through varying genres – teenage rock n’roll and psychedelic rock – before transitioning to country-pop in the 1970s and 1980s. In his early career, he joined a jazz group called the Bobby Doyle Three and recorded for Columbia Records. However, the group disbanded in 1965.

Rogers recorded for Mercury Records in 1966 called ‘Here’s That Rainy Day’. During that time, he worked as a producer, writer, and session musician for other performers. He then joined the New Christy Minstrels as a singer and double bass player. In 1967, Rogers formed a group called ‘The First Edition’ and produced hits on both pop and country charts – “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)”, “But You Know I Love You”, “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town”, to mention a few. However, the group disbanded in 1976 and Rogers launched his solo career.

Rogers landed a solo deal with United Artists, and the rest was history.

The singer had several collaborations with other artists including Dolly Parton, Sheena Easton, and Lionel Richie to mention a few. Roger’s song “The Gambler” won him the Grammy Awards in 1980. Moreover, his albums “The Gambler” and “Kenny” were included in “The 200 Most Influential Country Albums Ever” in an About.Com poll. He was voted “Favorite Singer of All Time” in USA Today and People. Rogers received many awards, including AMAs, Grammys, ACMs, and CMAs. In 2013, he was included in the Country Music Hall of Fame. He had 120 hit singles in different genres and sold over 100 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

Roger’s song “The Gambler” won him the Grammy Awards in 1980

“Lady” was listed at #60 on Billboard’s All Time Top 100

Kenny Rogers was voted “Favorite Singer of All Time” in USA Today and People. Rogers received many awards, including AMAs, Grammys, ACMs, and CMAs. In 2013, he was included in the Country Music Hall of Fame. He had 120 hit singles in different genres and sold over 100 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

Thank you, Kenny Rogers, for the music. 

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