Knowledge Identifier: +Kenny_Rogers
Category: Visual Arts
Born in 1938.
Countries: United States (74%), United Kingdom (7%), (6%)
Linked to: Country Music Association, Jefferson Davis High School, Warner Music Group, QVC
The group disbanded in 1965, and a 1966 jazzy rock single Rogers recorded for Mercury Records, called "Here's That Rainy Day" failed
Kin Vassy - He left that group in 1969 and joined the country rock band Kenny Rogers and The First Edition
In the late 1970s, Rogers teamed up with close friend and Country Music legend Dottie West for a series of albums and duets
Dottie West - To reflect her music and the changes in her personal life in the 1970s and early 1980s, West drastically reinvented herself with plastic surgery and a new wardrobe becoming Lady Airbrush and Little Miss Fireball virtually overnight, especially during her duet partnership with Kenny Rogers starting in 1978
Billie Jo Spears - In 1975, Spears signed again with United Artists Records, now the home to some of country music's pop-based acts, like Kenny Rogers
Dottie West - In 1977, she was recording the song "Every Time Two Fools Collide" when, according to legend, Kenny Rogers suddenly entered the studio and began singing along
During the 1980s/90s, Gambler was one of the fastest and widely used Sprintcars with such drivers as Steve Kinser, Sammy Swindell and Doug Wolfgang driving the cars to victory in the World of Outlaws and the famous Knoxville Nationals
Lionel Richie - He composed "Lady" for Kenny Rogers, which hit 1 in 1980, and produced Rogers's album Share Your Love the following year.
Anthony Michael Hall - In 1980, he made his screen debut in the Emmy-winning TV movie "The Gold Bug", in which he played the young Edgar Allan Poe, but it was not until the release of the 1982 Kenny Rogers film "Six Pack" that he gained real notice
Dottie West - In 1981, West had a pair of back-to-back No. 1 hits, "Are You Happy Baby" and "What Are We Doin' in Love" with Kenny Rogers
Erin Gray - In 1982, she played the role of Lilah in the summer movie "Six Pack" as a love interest opposite Kenny Rogers
Dolly Parton - Parton continued to make inroads on the pop charts as well with a re-recorded version of "I Will Always Love You" from the feature film "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas" scraping the Top 50 that year and her duet with Kenny Rogers, "Islands in the Stream" , spent two weeks at number one in 1983
Rogers would reunite with Parton in 1984 for a holiday album and TV special, "Once Upon a Christmas," as well as a 1985 duet "Real Love," which topped the U.S. country singles chart
Richard Marx - He was singing for Kenny Rogers in 1984 when he overheard Rogers say he needed a new song
Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim - The two teams each had a perfect game against each other, including Mike Witt in 1984 at Arlington Stadium and Kenny Rogers in 1994 in The Ballpark in Arlington
David Foster was to work again with Rogers in his 1985 album "The Heart of the Matter," although this time Foster was playing backing music rather than producing, a role given to George Martin
His second Christmas album, titled "Christmas in America," was released in 1989 for Reprise Records
In the 1990s Rogers continued to chart with singles such as "Crazy In Love," another selection that Kim Carnes provided him with, "If You Want To Find Love," and "The Greatest
As an entrepreneur, he collaborated with former Kentucky Fried Chicken CEO John Y. Brown, Jr. in 1991 to start up the restaurant chain Kenny Rogers Roasters
John Y. Brown, Jr. - In 1991, Brown formed a partnership with recording artist Kenny Rogers, co-founding and serving as CEO of Kenny Rogers Roasters, an international chain of wood-roasted chicken restaurants
John Y. Brown, Jr. - In December 1992, Clucker's, a smaller player in the roasted chicken market, sued Kenny Rogers Roasters, claiming the chain had copied its recipes and menus
Whitney Duncan - One of these sides was "My World Is Over", which became a duet with Kenny Rogers, and appeared on his "42 Ultimate Hits" album in 2004
In 2005 "The Very Best of Kenny Rogers", a double album, sold well in Europe
Lionel Richie - In November 2005, Lionel Richie performed with Kenny Rogers on a CMT Crossroads special.
Barbara Mandrell - Time-Life recently released a DVD collection called "The Best of Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters" on May 1, 2007, which features more than 40 guest musical performances including country superstars Johnny Cash, Alabama, Marty Robbins, Kenny Rogers, Dolly_Parton, The Statler Brothers, Ray Charles, John Schneider, Glen Campbell and many more, as well as comedy legend Bob Hope
Also in 2012, Rogers re-recorded the hit song "Lady", a duet with its songwriter Lionel Richie, on Richie's album "Tuskegee"
California University of Pennsylvania Convocation Center - A "grand opening" concert by Kenny Rogers in April 2012 attracted only a half-capacity audience, leading to renewed questions about the scale and cost of the project
Lionel Richie - On June 10, 2012, Richie appeared onstage with Kenny Rogers at the Bonnaroo Music Festival to accompany him on the song "Lady"
Linda Davis - In November 2013, Davis joined country singer Kenny Rogers on a 24-date tour that will end in December
In 2014, Rogers appeared as himself in a GEICO commercial. singing part of his song "The Gambler" a capella
On Sept 25, 2015 he announced on NBC's "Today" Show that he was retiring from show business after a final tour to spend more time with his wife and twin boys
Charlie Worsham - In 2016 it was announced he would be opening some shows during the final world tour of Kenny Rogers