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Kenny Rogers
Kenny Rogers, concert,Chumash Casino Resort,Santa Ynez,CA,September 27, 2006.
Kenny Rogers, concert,Chumash Casino Resort,Santa Ynez,CA,September 27, 2006.
Background information
Birth name Kenneth Ray[1]Rogers
Born August 21, 1938 (1938-08-21) (age 69)
Origin Houston, Texas, USA
Genre(s) Country pop, country
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter, actor, record producer
Instrument(s) Vocals, guitar, bass guitar, harmonica
Years active 1958Present
Label(s) Cue Records, Carlton Records, Mercury Records, United Artists Records, RCA Records, Giant Records, Atlantic Records, Curb Records, Dreamcatcher, Capitol Records, WEA
Associated acts Glen Campbell, Dolly Parton, Dottie West
Website www.kennyrogers.com

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He has been very successful, charting more than 70 hit singles across various music genres and topping the country and pop album charts for more than 420 individual weeks in the United States alone.


Two of his albums, The Gambler and Kenny are featured in the About.com poll of "The 200 Most Influential Country Albums Ever".[3] He was voted the "Favorite Singer of All-Time", in a 1986 joint poll by readers of both USA Today and People.[4] He has received hundreds of awards for both his music and charity work. These include AMAs, Grammys, ACMs and CMAs, as well as a lifetime achievement award for a career spanning six decades in 2003.[5] Screenshot of About. ... USA Today is a national American daily newspaper published by the Gannett Company. ... The American Music Awards show is one of four annual major American music awards shows (the others being the Billboard Music Awards, the Grammy Awards, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony). ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Academy of Country Music (ACM) was founded in 1964 in Los Angeles, California. ... The Country Music Association (CMA) was founded in 1958 in Nashville, Tennessee. ...


Success in recent years include the 2006 album release, Water & Bridges, an across the board hit, that peaked at #5 in the Billboard Country Albums sales charts, also charting high in the Billboard 200. The first single from the album, "I Can't Unlove You," was also a chart hit. Remaining a popular entertainer around the world, the following year he completed a tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland telling BBC Radio 2 DJ Steve Wright, his favorite hit of his was "The Gambler". Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine. ... BBC Radio 2 is one of the BBCs national radio stations and the most popular station in the UK. As well as having most listeners nationally, it ranks first in all regions above local radio stations. ... Stephen Richard (Steve) Wright (born August 26, 1954 in Greenwich, London) is a radio broadcaster in the United Kingdom. ... The Gambler is the title track to Kenny Rogers 1978 album. ...


He also starred as John J. Macshayne in MacShayne: Winner Takes All and MacShayne: The Final Roll of the Dice[citation needed].

Contents

Biography

Kenny Rogers was the fourth of seven children born to Floyd Rogers, a carpenter, and his wife Lucille, a nurse. Rogers graduated from Jefferson Davis High School in Houston. According to the Texas birth records, his middle given name is Ray and he is sometimes credited in his film roles as "Kenneth Ray Rogers." For other uses, see Carpenter (disambiguation). ... This article is about the occupation. ... Jefferson Davis High School is a secondary school located at 1101 Quitman in Houston, Texas with a ZIP code of 77009. ...


He has been married five times. His fourth wife was the actress Marianne Gordon Rogers. His current wife is the former Wanda Miller. He has a daughter and four sons, including twins born while Rogers was 65.


Career

Early career

His career began in the mid-1950s, when he recorded with a doo-wop group called The Scholars who had some success with a single called "Poor Little Doggie". Rogers was not the lead singer of the group and after two more singles they disbanded when their leader went solo. Doo-wop is a style of vocal-based rhythm and blues music popular in the mid-1950s to the early 1960s in America. ...


Now on his own, Kenneth Rogers (as he was billed then) followed the break up with his own single, a minor solo hit called "That Crazy Feeling" (1958). After sales slowed down, Rogers joined a jazz group called The Bobby Doyle Trio, who got a lot of work in clubs thanks to a reasonable fan following and also recorded for Columbia Records. The group disbanded in 1965, and a 1966 jazzy rock single Rogers recorded for Mercury Records, called "Here's That Rainy Day" failed. Rogers also worked as a producer, writer and session musician for other performers; including country artists Mickey Gilley and Eddie Arnold. In 1966 he joined the New Christy Minstrels as a singer and bass player. For other uses, see Jazz (disambiguation). ... Columbia Records is the oldest brand name in recorded sound, dating back to 1888, and was the first record company to produce pre-recorded records as opposed to blank cylinders. ... Mercury Records is a record label currently headquartered in the UK, and is a subsidiary of Universal Music Group. ... Mickey Gilley (b. ... Eddy Arnold (May 15, 1918) is an American country music singer. ... The New Christy Minstrels were a 1960s a popular folk group reknown for a rousing and clean-cut sound. ...


Feeling that the Minstrels were not offering the success they wanted, Rogers and fellow members Mike Settle, Terry Williams and Thelma Camacho left the group. They formed The First Edition in 1967 (later renamed "Kenny Rogers and The First Edition"). They chalked up a string of hits on both the pop and country charts, including "Somethings Burnin", "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town", "Reuben James" and "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)." In his First Edition days, Rogers had something of a hippie image, with long brown hair, an earring, and pink sunglasses. Known affectionately in retrospect as "Hippie Kenny", Rogers had a much smoother vocal style than in his later career. For the bibliographical term, see First edition. ... Ruby, Dont Take Your Love To Town is a song written by Mel Tillis which was made world famous by Kenny Rogers and the First Edition in 1969. ... Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) is a song written by Mickey Newbury. ... For the British TV show, see Hippies (TV series). ...


When the group split in 1976, Rogers launched his solo career. Rogers soon developed a more middle of the road sound, with a somewhat rough but tuneful voiced style that sold to both pop and country audiences; to date, he has charted more than 60 top 40 hit singles (including upwards of 25 #1's) and 50 of his albums have charted. His music has also been featured in top selling movie soundtracks, such as Convoy, Urban Cowboy and The Big Lebowski. Middle of the Road was a Scottish pop group who enjoyed great success across Europe in the early 1970s. ... Convoy is a 1978 action film directed by Sam Peckinpah and starring Kris Kristofferson, Ali MacGraw, Ernest Borgnine and Burt Young. ... This article is about the 1980 film. ... The Big Lebowski, a 1998 comedy film written by Joel and Ethan Coen and directed by Joel Coen, chronicles a few days in the life of a burned-out, unemployed California slacker after he is mistaken for a millionaire with the same name. ...


Solo Artist

For a list of singles and albums, see Kenny Rogers discography.

After leaving The First Edition in 1976, after almost a decade with the group, Rogers signed a solo deal with United Artists. Although producer Larry Butler had no doubts about Rogers' talent, he was advised by several colleagues not to sign Rogers, who some saw as a has-been. Nevertheless, Butler and Rogers began a partnership that would run for four consecutive years. This is a detailed discography for American country music singer Kenny Rogers. ... This article is about the film studio. ... Larry Butler is a country music producer/songwriter. ...


Rogers first outing for his new label was Love Lifted Me. The album charted and two singles "Love Lifted Me" and "While The Feeling's Good" were minor hits. The song "Runaway Girl" was featured in the motion picture "Trackdown". Later in 1976, Rogers issued his second album, the self-titled Kenny Rogers, whose first single "Laura (What's He Got That I Ain't Got)", was another solo hit. Trackdown was a Western television series running from 1957 to 1959 on the CBS network that featured Robert Culp as gunslinger Hoby Gilman, a law enforcer, a member of the legendary Texas Rangers, hunting down criminals all over the west. ...


However, the single "Lucille" (1977) was a major hit, reaching number one on the pop charts in 12 countries, selling over five million copies, and firmly establishing Rogers' post-First Edition career. On the strength of "Lucille", the album Kenny Rogers reached #1 in the Billboard Country Album Chart. More success was to follow, including the multi-million selling album The Gambler and another international Number 1 single, "Coward of the County", taken from the equally successful album, Kenny. 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. On January 4, 1936, Billboard magazine published its first music hit parade and on July 20, 1940 the first Music Popularity Chart was calculated. ... The Gambler is one of Kenny Rogers most popular albums, selling in excess of 35 million copies since it was first released by United Artists in 1978 (see 1978 in country music). ...


In the late 1970s Kenny teamed up with close friend and country singer Dottie West for a series of albums and duets. Together the duo had three hit albums, selling out stadiums and arenas while on tour. Their hits together "Every Time Two Fools Collide", "Anyone Who Isn't Me Tonight" and "What Are We Doin' In Love" became Country standards. Of West, Kenny 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." Rogers was with West when she died after sustaining injuries in a 1991 car accident. In 1995 he starred opposite Michele Lee in the CBS biopic "Big Dreams and Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story". Dottie West (born Dorothy Marie Marsh October 11, 1932 – September 4, 1991) was an American country music singer. ... Every Time Two Fools Collide is the name of a popular Country music song, made popular by Country music stars Kenny Rogers and Dottie West, as a duet act in 1978. ... What Are We Doin In Love is a popular duet Countrypolitan song by Dottie West and Kenny Rogers. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... Poster for Man on the Moon (1999), a biopic A biographical picture— often shortened to biopic— is a film that dramatizes the life of an actual person or people. ...


Later in 1980 came his partnership with Lionel Richie who wrote and produced Rogers' #1 hit "Lady". Richie went on to write and produce Rogers' 1981 album Share Your Love, a chart topper and commercial favorite featuring hits such as "I Don't Need You" and "Through The Years". Lionel Brockman Richie, Jr. ... Lady is a song made famous by American country and pop music singer Kenny Rogers. ... Through The Years is a love song issued in 1981 performed by Kenny Rogers, produced by Lionel Richie and written by Steven Dorff and Marty Panzer. ...


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 #1 hit "Islands in the Stream," a duet with Dolly Parton. The Bee Gees had originally written the song for Diana Ross[citation needed]. The partnership with Bee Gees only lasted one album, which was not a surprise considering that Rogers' original intentions were to work with Barry Gibb in only one song but Barry insisted on them doing the entire album. The Bee Gees were a singing trio of brothers — Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb — that became one of the most successful musical acts of the 20th century. ... Eyes That See In The Dark is an album by Kenny Rogers first released by RCA Records in 1983. ... Islands in the Stream was a 1989 hit country music single for Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, written by the Bee Gees. ... Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is a Grammy Award-winning country music singer/songwriter, author, actress and philanthropist. ... For the author-illustrator, see Diana Ross (author). ... Barry Alan Crompton Gibb CBE (born on 1 September 1946) is a singer, songwriter and producer. ...


"Islands in the Stream", the first single to be released from Eyes That See in the Dark in the United States, quickly went to #1 in the Billboard Hot 100. It was the last country single to reach #1 on that chart until "Amazed" by Lonestar did so in 2000. However, RCA insisted on releasing the title track as the first UK single, and the song stalled at a disappointing #61 there, although it did stay in the top 100 for several weeks (when it was eventually released in the US, it was more successful, charting high on the Adult Contemporary chart). "Islands in the Stream" was issued as a follow up single in Britain and sold well, making #7. The album itself reached #1 on the country charts on both sides of the Atlantic and enjoyed multi-million sales. “Hot 100” redirects here. ... Amazed is a country music ballad recorded by Lonestar, released as a single from the bands album Lonely Grill. ... For other uses, see Lonestar (disambiguation). ...


Kenny Rogers started working with producer David Foster in 1983 recording the smash Bob Seger cover "We've Got Tonight", a duet with Sheena Easton. Shortly afterwards came the album What About Me?, a hit whose title track, a trio performance featuring Rogers, James Ingram and Kim Carnes, was also a hit. David Foster was to work again with Kenny 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. This album was another success, going to #1, with the title track making to the top ten category in the singles charts. For other persons named David Foster, see David Foster (disambiguation). ... Robert Clark Seger (born May 5, 1945) is a Rock and Roll singer, songwriter, and musician from Michigan. ... // In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ... For other uses, see Weve Got Tonight (disambiguation). ... Sheena Easton (born Sheena Shirley Orr on April 27, 1959, Bellshill, North Lanarkshire, Scotland) is a Scottish two time Grammy Award-winning pop singer and theatre & television actress. ... What About Me? is the title of a 1984 album by Kenny Rogers, released by RCA. After success in 1983 with the album Eyes That See In The Dark (which featured songs composed by The Bee Gees exclusively for Rogers), Rogers career had now been at the top for at... James Ingram (born February 16, 1956 in Akron, Ohio) is an American soul musician, famous for his vocal performance. ... Kim Carnes (born July 20, 1945 in Pasadena, California) is a Grammy Award-winning American singer-songwriter. ... For other uses, see George Martin (disambiguation). ...


On 28 January 1985 Rogers was one of the 45 artists who recorded the worldwide charity song "We Are the World" to support hunger victims in Africa. On January 1987, Kenny Rogers co-hosted the American Music Awards at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles. Through 1988 to 1990, Kenny Rogers had reached the pinnacle of his career and new artists like Garth Brooks and Alan Jackson were emerging with a frightening force. During that time, he released some albums but, while he still made the top 20, he was no longer the heavy hitter he had been previously. is the 28th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... USA for Africa (United Support of Artists for Africa), was the name under which forty-five U.S. artists, led by Harry Belafonte, Kenny Rogers, Michael Jackson, and Lionel Richie, recorded the hit single We Are the World in 1985. ... Not to be confused with We Are Here To Change The World, a song that was featured in Captain EO. For the album with the same title, see We Are the World (album). ... A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ... The American Music Awards show is one of four annual major American music awards shows (the others being the Billboard Music Awards, the Grammy Awards, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony). ... Troyal Garth Brooks (born February 7, 1962) is an American country music singer-songwriter. ... Alan Eugene Jackson (born 17 October 1958 in Newnan, Georgia) is an American country singer-songwriter who has sold over 40 million records. ...


Worldwide success

His success is worldwide. He has played many well-attended concerts in Europe and the Far East, where he has charted numerous singles and albums from the 1970s through to the present day. New Zealand was a big stronghold during his First Edition days. His 1985 greatest-hits package, The Kenny Rogers Story, reached #1 on the UK country chart; and four years later (in 1989), was still at #2. He also charted internationally during that time with a series of studio albums.


In 1983, Rogers signed to RCA for a record breaking US$20 million advance. Although, following the success of his label debut, the Bee Gees produced Eyes That See in the Dark album, Rogers wasn't doing as well as in previous years. Nonetheless, he was still among the world's top stars. Between 1983 and 1990 alone he charted no less than 23 top 40 singles and 10 top 40 albums. This article is about the former RCA Corporation. ... USD redirects here. ... The Bee Gees were a singing trio of brothers — Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb — that became one of the most successful musical acts of the 20th century. ...


Although in the 1990s with the emergence of Garth Brooks, it was noted that this new talent was selling records like no one else had ever in country music, Rogers was nonetheless a dominant force in mainstream music and at his height, was charting singles (and albums) which were racing up the top 40 on the pop charts around the world, songs like "Lucille", "Coward of the County", "The Gambler" and "Lady" became favorites and have remained such, making Rogers one of the most popular entertainers on the touring circuit. Troyal Garth Brooks (born February 7, 1962) is an American country music singer-songwriter. ... Lucille is a popular single by Kenny Rogers. ... Coward Of The County can refer to:- A 1980 hit single by Kenny Rogers, composed by Roger Bowling A 1981 movie based on the above song, starring Rogers as a preacher This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists pages that might otherwise share the same title. ...


Success in the 1990s

In the 1990s Rogers continued to chart with singles such as "Crazy In Love", "If You Want To Find Love" and "The Greatest". From 1991 to 1994, Rogers hosted The Real West on A&E, and on The History Channel since 1995 (Reruns only on The History Channel.). He also visited Miller's during this time period. From 1992 to 1995 Rogers co-owned and headlined Branson, Missouri’s 4,000 seat Grand Palace Theatre. In 1994, Rogers released his "dream" album titled Timepiece on Atlantic Records. It consisted of 30's and 40's jazz standards; it was the type of music he performed in his early days with The Bobby Doyle Three in Houston. In 1996 he released an album Vote For Love where the public requested their favorite love songs and Kenny performed the songs (several of his own hits were in there). The album was the first for the TV shopping channel QVC's record label, onQ Music. The album, sold exclusively by QVC, was a huge success and was later issued in stores under a variety of different titles. It reached #1 in the UK country charts under the title Love Songs (a title also used for various compilations) and also crossed over into the mainstream charts. Biography is one of A&Es longest-running and most popular programs. ... For the Canadian equivalent of this channel, see History Television. ... The Titanic Museum is shaped to look like the real Titanic and is a popular tourist attraction in Branson The Duttons performing their famous song where they all play each others violins at their theater in Branson Missouri Herkimer and Cecil are performing at the Presleys Country Jubilee Branson is... Houston redirects here. ... QVC is a West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA, multinational corporation, specialising in televised home shopping. ...


In 1999 Rogers scored with the single "The Greatest". A song about life from a child's point of view (looked at through a baseball game). The song reached the top 40 of Billboard's Country singles chart and was a Country Music Television Number One video. It was on the Rogers' album "She Rides Wild Horses" the following year (itself a top 10 success). Country Music Television, or CMT as it usually called, is an American country music oriented cable television channel. ...


Beyond the 1990s

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In the 21st century, Rogers was back at #1 for the first time in almost a decade with the 2000 single "Buy Me a Rose", making him, at 61, the oldest artist in the history of country music to reach the chart summit. In doing so, he broke a 26-year-old record held by Hank Snow (who, in April 1974, was 59 years and 11 months old when he scored with "Hello Love"). 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." Image File history File links Kenny Rogers - Nov 2004 Photo by Alan C. Teeple File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Kenny Rogers - Nov 2004 Photo by Alan C. Teeple File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Buy Me A Rose is a single by country music artist Kenny Rogers that reached the top of the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart. ... Clarence Eugene Snow (May 9, 1914 – December 20, 1999), better known as Hank Snow, was a Hall of Fame country music singer and songwriter. ... Willie Hugh Nelson (born April 29, 1933) is an American singer-songwriter and actor. ... Toby Keith Covel (born July 8, 1961) is an American country music singer-songwriter who has enjoyed commercial success throughout the 1990s and 2000s. ...


Rogers also released the critically acclaimed album Back to the Well.


Although Rogers didn't record new albums for a couple of years, he continued to have success in many countries with more greatest hits packages. 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. It also featured two new songs, "My World is Over" with Whitney Duncan and "We Are the Same". "My World is Over" was released as a single and was a minor hit. In 2005 The Very Best of Kenny Rogers, a double album, sold well in Europe. It was the first new solo Kenny Rogers hits album to reach the United Kingdom for over a decade, despite many compilations there that were not true hits packages. For other uses, see Europe (disambiguation). ...


Rogers also signed with Capitol Nashville Records and had more success with the TV advertised release 21 Number Ones in January 2006. Although this CD did contain 21 chart-toppers as the title claims (recorded between 1976 and the present day), this was not a complete collection of Rogers' #1 singles, omitting such singles as "Crazy in Love" and "What About Me?" Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label owned by EMI and located in Hollywood, California. ...


Much of his success was with Capitol from 1976 to 1983 (called United Artists/Liberty at the time). It is very rare for an artist of Rogers' age to be signed to a major label. Capitol followed 21 Number Ones with Rogers' new studio album, Water And Bridges, in March 2006 on the Capitol Nashville Records label. The first single from the album was "I Can't Unlove You" which peaked at #17 on the country charts, after spending over 6 months on the hit list, more than 50 years after he formed his first group and 38 years after his first major hit as leader of The First Edition. "I Can't Unlove You" was followed up with the second single from the album, "The Last Ten Years (Superman)," in September 2006. 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. Also in 2007, the 1977 "Kenny Rogers" album was re-issued as a double play CD, also featuring the 1979 "Kenny" album and this once again put Kenny's name into the sales charts world-wide. The following year, another compilation album ("A Love Song Collection") also charted. He currently lives in Atlanta. Capitol Records is a major United States-based record label owned by EMI and located in Hollywood, California. ... I Cant Unlove You was the first single to be released by Kenny Rogers from his Water and Bridges album (Capitol Nashville, 2006). ... I Cant Unlove You was the first single to be released by Kenny Rogers from his Water and Bridges album (Capitol Nashville, 2006). ... Donald Hugh Don Henley (born July 22, 1947 in Gilmer, Texas) is an American rock musician who is the drummer and one of the lead singers and songwriters of the band Eagles. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The 49th Annual Grammy Awards will honor the best in music of the recording year of 2006. ... Atlanta redirects here. ...


In 2003, Kenny Rogers made a guest appearance in two episodes of Reno 911 as himself. Reno911! title card Reno 911! is a comedy television show on Comedy Central. ...


Outside music

Rogers also had success as an actor. His 1982 movie Six Pack, in which he played a race-car driver, took more than $20 million at the US box office, while made-for-TV movies such as The Gambler, Christmas in America, and Coward of the County (based on hit songs of his) topped ratings lists. 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. The chicken and ribs chain, which is similar to Boston Market, was famously featured in an episode of the NBC sitcom Seinfeld called "The Chicken Roaster." 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." Six Pack is a 1982 comedy/drama film starring Kenny Rogers, Diane Lane, Erin Gray, Anthony Michael Hall, and Barry Corbin, directed by Daniel Petrie. ... KFC (full name Kentucky Fried Chicken) is a division of Yum! Brands, Inc. ... John Young Brown Jr. ... For other uses, see Restaurant (disambiguation). ... A restaurant chain is a set of related restaurants, typically with the same name in many different locations either under shared corporate ownership (e. ... Kenny Rogers Roasters is an oven-cooked chicken restaurant started in 1991 in the United States by country music musician Kenny Rogers and former Kentucky Fried Chicken owner and original developer John Y. Brown, Jr. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article is about the bones called ribs. ... Boston Market (formerly Boston Chicken), headquartered in Golden, Colorado, is a chain of American fast-food restaurants that was founded in December 1985, in Newton, Massachusetts. ... This article is about the television network. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... Seinfeld is an Emmy Award-winning American sitcom that originally aired on NBC from July 5, 1989 to May 14, 1998, running a total of 9 seasons. ... The Chicken Roaster is the 142nd episode of the hit sitcom Seinfeld. ... Late Night is an American late night television talk show on NBC featuring varied comedic material and celebrity interviews. ...


Kenny Rogers and his restaurant were subjects of comedy from MADtv, especially the impersonation done by Will Sasso; the skit of the faux-Rogers hosting Jackass became popular on the Internet. Sasso had him making noises such as "Ding Ding Ding Di da Ding Ding Ding" and getting sloppily drunk. Rogers appeared in a 2004 episode of Reno 911 as himself being subjected to incompetent security provided by starstruck sheriff's deputies to comical effect. For other uses, see Mad TV (disambiguation). ... Will Sasso (May 24, 1975 - ) is a Canadian comedian and actor. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Reno911! title card Reno 911! is a comedy television show on Comedy Central. ...


Kenny is also the inspiration behind pop culture websites on the internet, menwholooklikekennyrogers.com . The site features close to a thousand photos of men who look like the real Kenny Rogers, as well as tips on how to look like Kenny, places to spot Kenny look-alikes, and even a Kenny of the Month and sells t-shirts and buttons. Kenny himself has even gone on the record with his favorite "Kennys" on the site (Hot Tub Kenny being his favorite) and the site has been featured in Time, People, Esquire, The National Enquirer, and more.


Awards/Honours

Year Award Category
2007 CMT Music Awards Album of the Year - Water & Bridges
2005 CMT Music Awards Favorite All Time Country Duet - "Islands In the Stream" (w/ Dolly Parton)
2004 CMT's 100 Greatest Cheating Songs "Ruby Don't Take Your Love to Town"- #6
2003 International Entertainment Buyers Association Lifetime Achievement Award
2003 CMT's 100 Greatest Country Songs "The Gambler" - #26
2002 CMT's 40 Greatest Men of Country Music Ranking - #19
2000 TNN Music Awards Career Achievement Award
1999 BBC's Greatest Country Singer Ranking - #2
1988 Grammy Awards Best Duo Country Vocal Performance - "Make No Mistake She's Mine" (w/ Ronnie Milsap)
1986 USA Today Favorite Singer of All Time
1985 American Music Awards Favorite Country Album - Eyes That See In the Dark
1985 American Music Awards Favorite Male Country Artist
1983 Academy of Country Music Awards Single of the Year - "Islands In the Stream" (w/ Dolly Parton)
1983 Academy of Country Music Awards Top Vocal Duet - (w/ Dolly Parton)
1983 American Music Awards Favorite Pop/Rock Country Artist
1983 American Music Awards Favorite Country Single - "Love Will Turn You Around"
1983 ASAP Awards Favorite Single - "Islands In the Stream" (w/ Dolly Parton)
1982 American Music Awards Favorite Country Album - Greatest Hits
1981 American Music Awards Favorite Pop/Rock Male Artist
1981 American Music Awards Favorite Country Album - The Gambler
1981 American Music Awards Favorite Country Single - "Coward of the County"
1980 American Music Awards Favorite Male Country Artist
1980 American Music Awards Favorite Country Album - The Gambler
1980 Music City News Country Single of the Year
1979 American Music Awards Favorite Male Country Artist
1979 American Music Awards Favorite Country Album - 10 Years of Gold
1979 Country Music Association Awards Male Vocalist of the Year
1979 Country Music Association Awards Vocal Duo of the Year - (w/ Dottie West)
1979 Country Music Association Awards Album of the Year - The Gambler
1979 Music City News Country Male Artist of the Year
1979 Music City News Country Single of the Year - "The Gambler"
1979 Grammy Awards Best Male Country Vocal Performance - "The Gambler"
1978 American Music Awards Favorite Single - "Lucille"
1978 Country Music Association Awards Vocal Duo of the Year - (w/ Dottie West)
1978 Academy of Country Music Awards Entertainer of the Year
1978 Academy of Country Music Awards Top Male Vocalist
1977 Country Music Association Awards Single of the Year - "Lucille"
1977 Academy of Country Music Awards Top Male Vocalist
1977 Academy of Country Music Awards Single of the Year - "Lucille"
1977 Academy of Country Music Awards Song of the Year - "Lucille"
1977 Grammy Awards Best Male Country Vocal Performance - "Lucille"

Discography

For a list of singles and albums, see Kenny Rogers discography.

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Record Labels

The following is a list of record labels to which Rogers signed.

  • Cue (1957, with the band The Scholars and also as a solo singer)
  • Carlton (1958, solo deal)
  • KenLee (one single, label owned by Rogers and his brother Lelan)
  • Columbia (1960s, with jazz combo, The Bobby Doyle Three)
  • Reprise (1967, with The First Edition, all material recorded during this time has since been acquired by Universal Music)
  • Jolly Rogers (1973, with The First Edition, label was owned by Rogers)
  • United Artists (1975, solo deal)
  • Liberty (1980, United Artists merged into EMI/Capitol in 1980; some pressings of albums were issued on Capitol's imprint labels, EMI, EMI America, and EMI Manhattan.)
  • RCA (1983, solo deal)
  • Reprise (1989, solo deal)
  • Giant (1993, one solo album)
  • Atlantic (1994, one solo album)
  • onQ Music (1996, one solo album; onQ Music was created by the QVC Network to release exclusive albums for sale only on QVC. The first onQ release was Rogers' Vote For Love, a two-disc set that would later become available in standard retail stores.)
  • Magnatone (1996, solo deal)
  • Dreamcatcher (1998, solo deal; Dreamcatcher was owned and run by Rogers and Jim Mazza for the purpose of releasing Rogers albums and certain reissues of Rogers' catalog. Other artists such as Marshall Dyllon and Randy Dorman were released on Dreamcatcher Records, also. The label closed in 2004)
  • Capitol Nashville (2004, solo deal)

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See also

Brady Hawkes is a fictional old-west gambler portrayed by Kenny Rogers in the 1980 made-for-tv movie The Gambler. ...

References

  1. ^ per A&E Biography special
  2. ^ per A&E Biography special
  3. ^ http://countrymusic.about.com/library/top200albums/bltop200.htm Gambler & Kenny are on About.com's poll of "The 200 Most Influential Country Albums Ever"
  4. ^ http://countrymusic.about.com/library/blkrogersfacts.htm voted 1986 "Favorite Singer of All-Time" by readers of USA Today and People
  5. ^ CMT.com : Kenny Rogers : Rogers Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

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Links

  • Internet Movie Database profile
  • Official website
  • Allmusic.com profile
  • CMT.com profile
  • Goldsmith, Thomas. (1998). "Kenny Rogers". In The Encyclopedia of Country Music. Paul Kingsbury, Editor. New York: Oxford University Press. pp. 455-6.

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