Kenneth Ray Rogers was an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur. He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013. Rogers was particularly popular with country audiences but also charted more than 120 hit singles across various music genres. He sold more than 100 million records worldwide during his lifetime, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
About Kenny Rogers in brief
Kenneth Ray Rogers was an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur. He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013. Rogers was particularly popular with country audiences but also charted more than 120 hit singles across various music genres. He sold more than 100 million records worldwide during his lifetime, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. His signature song, 1978’s \”The Gambler\”, was a cross-over hit that won him a Grammy Award in 1980 and was selected in 2018 for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress. Rogers had acting roles in movies and television shows, including the title roles in Kenny Rogers as The Gambler and the MacShayne series for The NBC Mystery Movie, and the 1982 feature film Six Pack. He co-founded the restaurant chain Kenny Rogers Roasters in collaboration with former Kentucky Fried Chicken CEO John Y. Brown Jr. Although the stores closed in the United States, they are still a fixture in Asia. Rogers moved from teenage rock and roll through psychedelic rock to become a country-pop crossover artist of the 1970s and 1980s. In a recording career dating back to 1950 he had a minor hit in 1957 called “That Crazy Feeling”. He also worked as a producer, writer and session musician for other performers including Mickey Gilley, Eddy Arnold, and Eddy Minley. He remade his career, and was one of most successful cross- over artists ofAll time.
He received numerous awards such as the AMAs, Grammys, ACMs and CMAs, as well as a lifetime achievement award for a career spanning six decades in 2003. He continued to tour regularly until his retirement in 2017. His 2006 album release, Water & Bridges, was an across the board hit, that hit the Top 5 in the Billboard Country Albums sales charts, also charting in the Top 15 of the Billboard 200. The first single from the album, \”I Can’t Unlove You\”, was also a sizable chart hit. He played double bass and bass guitar as well and singing. In 1966 he became a member of the folk ensemble the New Christy Minstrels, playing double Bass and Bass Guitar. In 1967, he scored his first major hit, \”Just Dropped In \”, a psychedelic rock song which peaked at number five on the Billboard charts. He had several successful collaborations, including duets with singers Dolly Parton and Sheena Easton, and a songwriting partnership with Lionel Richie. In the 1980s, Rogers recorded a jazzy rock single for Mercury Records called “Here’s That Rainy Day” He was voted the \”Favorite Singer of All Time\” in a 1986 joint poll by readers of both USA Today and People. He would develop the Gambler persona into a character for a successful series of television films starting with 1980’s Emmy-nominated Kenny Rogers As The Gamblers. He died in Houston, Texas, on August 21, 2016.