The time has come, to all our dismay, for “The Gambler” to fold ‘em. Musical icon, Kenny Rogers has given us so much over his career of nearly six decades. His music has always crossed boundaries, but I loved the country side best. Last night in Nashville a special unforgettable event, “All In For The Gambler,” was held in his honor with performances by Travis Tritt, Kris Kristofferson, The Oak Ridge Boys, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Dolly Parton, Chris Stapleton and more. So, it is only appropriate to honor Kenny in our #ThrowbackThursday feature.
Kenny Rogers was the only male artist to notch Billboard AC Top 10s in the ‘60s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s (only Barbra Streisand also managed that feat in those decades). He has sent the most country No. 1’s to the top spot on AC (five of his eight AC No. 1’s were also country No. 1’s) and no core country artist has crossed over more titles to AC.
Kenny has performed to millions of fans around the world, performing chart-topping songs from a rich catalog of hits, including “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Islands In The Stream,” “Lucille,” “Coward of the County,” “She Believes In Me,” “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town,” “We’ve Got Tonight,” “Daytime Friends,” “Through The Years,” “Love Will Turn You Around,” “You Decorated My Life,” “Crazy,” “Every Time Two Fools Collide,” and “Buy Me A Rose.”
With all this being said, it is tough to pick just one, so today we will make it a triple-shot. We feel thanks is simply not enough for the music, the charm, the smile, and the grace he has held throughout his career. Kenny Rogers will be missed but the “Sweet Music Man” will always be just an album, a CD or a video away from our memories.