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About Kenny Rogers
Houston-born Kenny Rogers formed his first band while in high school in 1956 and never quit making music from that point on. The rockabilly group, called The Scholars, the group got a record deal and released two singles that had local success, and led to a performance spot on American Bandstand. Soon afterward, Rogers joined the Bobby Doyle Trio, playing stand-up bass in the jazz band, and appearing on their album.
In 1967 he went on to form The First Edition. The spotlight started focusing on Rogers when the group got their first hit, "I Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)." Within a year the band was called Kenny Rogers and The First Edition, and his distinctive voice led the group to both pop and country chart success with "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town," written by Mel Tillis. The double-genre success struck again with "Reuben James," and the group landed their own TV variety show.
In 1974, Kenny Rogers and the First Edition disbanded, he searched for a direction to take his solo career. Impressed by the loyalty of country fans that supported their favourite artists long after they had disappeared from radio, Rogers looked to country. It was the perfect transition for him. "Love Lifted Me," went Top 20 in 1975, but it was the "Lucille" that shot him into the stratosphere.
Then came "The Gambler," a story song so vivid it not only delighted country and pop fans, it also became a TV movie, starring Rogers himself in the title role. The movie spawned four follow-ups. The five Gambler mini-series attracted over 100 million viewers nationwide.
In 1985, Kenny participated in the historical recording of "We Are The World," the multi-celebrity performance which raised millions of dollars for famine relief in Africa.
Recently, Rogers has released yet another hit single "I Can't Unlove You" from the album "Water & Bridges."
Produced by the award-winning Dann Huff (Keith Urban, Faith Hill), the album yet again put Kenny Rogers back on the charts and continued to further solidify his significance and continued viability in the music world.
"I've always been like a boomerang." Rogers says. "You can throw me away, but you can rest assured that I'm coming back. It's not necessarily about success for me. It's not about being the biggest star in the world. I think for all intents and purposes, if you go back to the peak of my career, I accomplished everything I wanted to accomplish. To do that again doesn't excite me. But to just be there and to be a force and have people care about what you're recording, that's the greatest gift you can have."