This is a re-do of a lost article from June 2020. Enjoy!
Wow, was there any artist that exhibited the golden touch in the ‘70s more than Kenny Rogers? Everything he tried he succeeded. Rogers's widespread appeal with rock fans, pop fans, and country audiences meant that his music was popular across several charts. His songs were the inspiration for television shows and movies. He even had his name on a string of restaurants worldwide.
In 1966, Kenny joined the New Christy Minstrels as a singer and bass player. Later Rogers and three others left the Minstrels to create the group The First Edition. They hit the charts with popular songs like Just Dropped In and Reuben James among others.
Rogers went solo in 1976 and began a run of hits that included Lucille and Coward of the County. His signature song, The Gambler, released in 1978 was a cross-over hit that won him a Grammy Award in 1980. In 2018 The Gambler was chosen for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress.
I had the good fortune to see Kenny live at the Rosemont Horizon along with fellow country artist Crystal Gale. To his credit his promoters reconfigured the venue, which was a large stadium, to accommodate good viewing from every seat in the house. I am sure they could have jammed more people in, but they wanted the audience to see a good show. Which we did.
Even though we lost Kenny Rogers in March of this year, I don’t think we will ever stop loving his music.Here is a fun video with Rogers acting out the part of The Gambler.
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