Kenny Rogers

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Kenny Rogers

American singer-songwriter, photographer, record producer, actor, entrepreneur and author, and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame add

Category: Visual Arts

Born in 1938.

Countries: United States (74%), United Kingdom (7%), (6%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Dolly Parton, Dottie West, Lionel Richie

Linked to: Country Music Association, Jefferson Davis High School, Warner Music Group, QVC




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Kenny Rogers was born in 1938 add something


In a recording career dating back to 1950s, Kenny Rogers moved effortlessly from teenage rock'n'roll through psychedelic rock to become the consummate country-pop crossover artist of the 1970s and 1980s add something


The group disbanded in 1965, and a 1966 jazzy rock single Rogers recorded for Mercury Records, called "Here's That Rainy Day" failed add something


In 1966 he joined The New Christy Minstrels as a singer and double bass player add something


Kim Carnes - As a young singer, Kim Carnes joined The New Christy Minstrels in 1966 together with Kenny Rogers and Karen Black


They formed The First Edition in 1967 add something


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 add something


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


When the First Edition disbanded in 1976, Rogers launched his solo career add something


" Later in 1976, Rogers issued his second album, the self-titled "Kenny Rogers," whose first single, "Laura ," was another solo hit add something


O. C. Smith - In 1976 Kenny Rogers revived the hit as a country song


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


In a 1978 press release for their album "Every Time Two Fools Collide," Rogers credited West with further establishing and cementing his career with Country Music audiences add something


Eddie Rabbitt - While he was still relatively unknown, Rabbitt toured with and opened for crossover star Kenny Rogers, and opened for Dolly Parton on a number of dates during her 1978 tour, but soon Rabbitt would himself break through on other charts


Tammy Wynette - It was recorded two years later as a duet by Kenny Rogers and Dottie West, whose version reached No. 3 on the country singles charts in 1979


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 add something


In 1980, a selection he recorded as a duet with Kim Carnes, "Don't Fall In Love With A Dreamer," became a major hit add something


Later in 1980 came his partnership with Lionel Richie who wrote and produced Rogers' No. 1 hit "Lady add something


" In 1980, the Rogers/Butler partnership came to an end, though they would occasionally reunite: in 1987 on the album "I Prefer the Moonlight" and again in 1993 on the album "If Only My Heart Had a Voice add something


Peter Beckett - After recording four albums, Player split up and Beckett began writing songs for other recording artists such as Olivia Newton-John, The Temptations and Kenny Rogers and for films and television during the 1980s


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


Lance LeGault - In 1980, he starred with Kenny Rogers in the television movie "The Gambler"


Dann Huff - In the 1980s Huff has played guitar on albums for Michael Jackson, Scritti Politti, Whitesnake, Roger Hodgson, Steven Curtis Chapman, Doro Pesch, George Benson, Whitney Houston's debut album " Whitney Houston", Barbra Streisand, Kenny Rogers and more


Richie went on to produce Rogers's 1981 album "Share Your Love," a chart topper and commercial favorite featuring hits such as "I Don't Need You" , "Through the Years" , and "Share Your Love with Me" add something


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


Jerry Carrigan - Through his association with Grammy-winning Nashville producer Larry Butler, he worked with Sammy Davis, Jr., Don McLean, Nana Mouskouri, Kenny Rogers, Paul_Anka, Bobby Vinton, Steve and Eydie, Debby Boone, Wayne Newton, and John Denver, with whom he toured between 1981 and 1990


In 1982, Rogers released the album "Love Will Turn You Around add something


" The album's single of the same name reached No. 13 on the "Billboard" Hit 100 and topped the country and AC charts. due to its exposure as the theme song of Rogers' 1982 film "Six Pack" add something


Barry Gibb - In 1982, he produced the Dionne Warwick's album "Heartbreaker" and in 1983, he produced the Kenny Rogers' album "Eyes That See in the Dark"


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


He went on to work with the Bee Gees to record and produce his 1983 hit album "Eyes That See in the Dark," featuring the title track and yet another No. 1 hit "Islands in the Stream," a duet with Dolly Parton add something


Shortly afterwards, he started working with producer David Foster in 1983 recording the smash Top 10 hit Bob Seger cover "We've Got Tonight," a duet with Sheena Easton add something


Bee Gees - A year later Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers recorded the Bee Gees-penned track "Islands in the Stream", which became a US No. 1 hit and Top 10 in the UK. Rogers' 1983 album, "Eyes That See in the Dark", was written entirely by the Bee Gees and co-produced by Barry


Dolly Parton - From 1984 to 1985, she toured alongside Kenny Rogers for the "Real Love Tour"


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 add something


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 add something


On January 28, 1985 Rogers was one of the 45 artists who recorded the worldwide charity song "We Are the World" to support hunger victims in Africa add something


Rush used a Gambler chassis to win the 1987 World Sprintcar Championship at the Claremont Speedway in Perth, Western Australia, to date the only time there has been an official World Sprintcar Championship add something


In January 1987, Rogers co-hosted the American Music awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles add something


Kim Carnes - Her duet with Barbra Streisand was re-recorded as "Make No Mistake, She's Mine" by Ronnie Milsap and Kenny Rogers which was a No. 1 Country and No. 42 AC hit in 1987


His second Christmas album, titled "Christmas in America," was released in 1989 for Reprise Records add something


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 add something


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 add something


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


Louise Mandrell - From 1992 to 1994, she headlined at the 4,000 seat Grand Palace theatre in Branson, Missouri along with Kenny Rogers


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


In 1994, Rogers released his "dream" album titled "Timepiece" on Atlantic Records add something


Of West, Rogers stated in a 1995 TNN interview: "She, more than anybody else I ever worked with, sang with such emotion that you actually believed what she sang add something


In 1996 he released an album "Vote For Love" where the public requested their favorite love songs and Rogers performed the songs add something


On the November 27, 1997, broadcast of "Late Night with Conan O'Brien", Rogers could not pick his chicken out in a taste test, claiming he preferred "greasy burgers add something


In 1999 Rogers scored with the single "The Greatest," a song about life from a child's point of view add something


In 1999, Rogers produced a song, "We've Got It All," specifically for the series finale of the ABC show "Home Improvement add something


Billy Dean - Although he never reached the top of the "Billboard" country charts on his own, he reached Number One in 2000 as one of two guest vocalists on Kenny Rogers' "Buy Me a Rose", and had two Number Ones on the "RPM" country charts in Canada


Billy Dean - In 2000, he and Alison Krauss made guest appearances on Kenny Rogers' single "Buy Me a Rose", which reached the top of the "Billboard" country charts in May of that year


Rogers held the record until 2003, when 70-year-old Willie Nelson became the oldest artist to have a No. 1 on the country charts with his duet with Toby Keith, "Beer for My Horses" add something


In 2004 "42 Ultimate Hits", which was the first hits collection to span his days with the First Edition to the present, reached Number 6 on the American country charts and went gold add something


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 add something


Lionel Richie - In November 2005, Lionel Richie performed with Kenny Rogers on a CMT Crossroads special.


Later success includes the 2006 album release, "Water & Bridges", an across the board hit, that hit the Top 5 in the Billboard Country Albums sales charts, charting in the Top 15 of the "Billboard" 200 add something


Rogers signed with Capitol Records and had more success with the TV advertised release "21 Number Ones" in January 2006 add something


Capitol followed "21 Number Ones" with Rogers' new studio album, "Water & Bridges", in March 2006 on the Capitol Nashville Records label add something


Also in 2007, the 1977 "Kenny Rogers" album was re-issued as a double CD, featuring the 1979 "Kenny" album and this once again put Rogers' name into the sales charts worldwide add something


In 2007 the England national rugby union team team adopted Rogers song "The Gambler" as their unofficial 2007 Rugby World Cup anthem, after hearing prop Matt Stevens playing it in the team hotel add something


The third single, "Calling Me," which features Don Henley, became popular in early 2007, and was nominated for a Grammy Award at the 2007 Grammy awards add something


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


In 2008 Rogers toured with his Christmas Show add something


In 2009, Rogers embarked on his 50th Anniversary Tour add something


Todd Cerney - In October 2009, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton reunited for the first time in 25 years to sing "Tell Me That You Love Me," a duet that Cerney co-wrote


On April 10, 2010, a TV special was taped, "Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years" add something


As of 2011, Rogers has recorded 65 albums and sold over 165 million records add something


This special debuted on March 8, 2011 on Great American Country add something


Also in 2012, Rogers re-recorded the hit song "Lady", a duet with its songwriter Lionel Richie, on Richie's album "Tuskegee" add something


The pair performed the song live at the 2012 ACM concert, "Lionel Richie & Friends" add something


On June 10, 2012, Rogers appeared on stage with the musical group Phish to perform his hit song "The Gambler" at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival add something


In October 2012 he released a book "Luck or Something Like it: A Memoir" about his ups and downs in his musical career add something


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"


In 2013, Kenny Rogers recorded a new album with the name "You Can't Make Old Friends" add something


The two would continue to collaborate on occasional projects through subsequent years, including a 2013 duet single "You Can't Make Old Friends" add something


On April 10, 2013, the CMA announced that Rogers would be a 2013 inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame, along with Cowboy Jack Clement and Bobby Bare add something


In June 2013 he performed at the Glastonbury Festival in the Sunday afternoon 'Legends' slot add something


With Mike Blakely, he has written a novel, "What Are the Chances", that was released September 1, 2013 add something


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 add something


Dolly Parton - She is nominated - with Kenny Rogers - for a 2014 Grammy *award


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 add something


On September 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 add something


On September 25, 2015, Rogers announced on NBC's "Today" show that he is releasing a Christmas album in 2015 and will embark on a farewell retirement tour for 2016 add something


Charlie Worsham - In 2016 it was announced he would be opening some shows during the final world tour of Kenny Rogers


Concert dates are scheduled until at least August, 2017 add something


Concert dates were scheduled through 2018 and included visits to the United States, Australia, Scotland, Ireland, England, The Netherlands and Switzerland add something


On April 5, 2018, it was announced that Rogers canceled his remaining tour as advised by doctors due to a series of health challenges add something


Nothing Compares 2 U - The song was later included as the final track on Prince's 2019 posthumous compilation "Originals", which contains a multitude of demo recordings Prince had made for other artists such as the Bangles and Kenny Rogers