'The Gambler' folds his cards: Kenny Rogers dead at 81

  
Via:  vic-eldred  •  one week ago  •  21 comments

By:   By John Solomon

'The Gambler' folds his cards: Kenny Rogers dead at 81

S E E D E D   C O N T E N T


Kenny Rogers, the silver-bearded country crooner with a knack for songs like "The Gambler" that crossed over to pop, has died at age 81.

Roger passed away late Friday at his home in Sandy Springs, Ga., where he was in the care of hospice, his family announced on Twitter.

"The Rogers family is sad to announce that Kenny Rogers passed away last night at 10:25PM at the age of 81," the tweet read. "Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family."

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Born into public housing in Houston, Rogers assembled a rags-to-riches story to become one of country music's first crossover stars, commanding the music stageans screen while cranking out duets with the likes of Dolly Parton, Sheena Easton, Dottie West and Kim Carnes.

Over his career, Rogers won three Grammys and six Country Music Awards and scored two dozen No. 1 hits.

His collaboration with pop star Lionel Ritchie on the song "Lady" -- Ritchie wrote it and Rogers sang it -- was just one of many successes during a career that dominated music in the 1970s and 1980s.

His 1978 hit "The Gambler" swept across both country and pop charts and became the fodder for a movie. His other hits included "Islands in the Stream," "Lucille," and "You Decorated My Life."

Rogers retired from entertainment in 2017.


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Vic Eldred
1  seeder  Vic Eldred    one week ago

And faded off to sleep
And somewhere in the darkness
The gambler - he broke even
And in his final words I found
An ace that I could keep....

 
 
 
Citizen Kane-473667
1.1  Citizen Kane-473667  replied to  Vic Eldred @1    one week ago

He is a legend! "Lady" was one of my favorite songs by him, followed closely by "The Gambler". I also Loved "Coward of the County", "Lucille", "You are so Beautiful", and who can forget "You Decorated My Life" and "Islands In The Stream"...

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
1.1.1  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  Citizen Kane-473667 @1.1    one week ago

He was a legend. I never realized how much older he was than the rest of us.

 
 
 
Citizen Kane-473667
1.1.2  Citizen Kane-473667  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1.1    one week ago

He was only 25 years older than me.

 
 
 
zuksam
1.1.3  zuksam  replied to  Vic Eldred @1.1.1    one week ago

My Mom loved Kenny Rogers especially with Dolly Parton.

 
 
 
Vic Eldred
1.1.4  seeder  Vic Eldred  replied to  zuksam @1.1.3    one week ago

I can't say I blame her. I think he had a certain appeal to women.

 
 
 
Kavika
2  Kavika     one week ago

 
 
 
It Is ME
3  It Is ME    one week ago

R.I.P. Kenny ! jrSmiley_20_smiley_image.gif

You "Decorated MY life" for sure ! jrSmiley_15_smiley_image.gif

 
 
 
Kavika
4  Kavika     one week ago

In the mid 1980's I saw Kenny and Dolly in concert in LA. Wonderful show. 

 
 
 
Freedom Warrior
5  Freedom Warrior    one week ago

Beloved by all.

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Freedom Warrior
5.1  Freedom Warrior  replied to  Freedom Warrior @5    one week ago

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XDm9mm
6  XDm9mm    one week ago

A unique voice belonging to a unique man, neither of which will ever be duplicated.

My sincere condolences to the immediate and extended Rogers family and to his friends, neighbors and fans all around the world.

 
 
 
WallyW
7  WallyW    one week ago

Kenny had a voice smooth as silk......

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
8  Perrie Halpern R.A.    one week ago

Really sad news to wake up to. Great singer and a truly nice person. 

 
 
 
The People's Fish
9  The People's Fish    one week ago

Before the country music, he was heavy man......Greatest LSD lyrics ever written.....

 
 
 
Perrie Halpern R.A.
9.1  Perrie Halpern R.A.  replied to  The People's Fish @9    one week ago

Great song! 

 
 
 
Ed-NavDoc
10  Ed-NavDoc    one week ago

Your music will always be remembered. RIP to a great entertainer. 

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
11  sandy-2021492    one week ago

He was one of the greats, from when country music sounded like country.  And the friendship between him and Dolly Parton brought a tear to my eye.

 
 
 
1stwarrior
11.1  1stwarrior  replied to  sandy-2021492 @11    one week ago

Saw them in a concert in Savannah - talk about mesmerizing the crowd - wow.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
11.1.1  sandy-2021492  replied to  1stwarrior @11.1    one week ago

It bugs me that one of our local country stations is pretending to pay tribute to him by playing a few bars from a few of his songs (not a single one in its entirety), then going back to playing Luke Bryan jrSmiley_99_smiley_image.jpg

 
 
 
1stwarrior
12  1stwarrior    one week ago

This is dedicated to Kenny - thank you 

 
 
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