Vocalist and Grammy winning singer Kenny Rogers, who dominated the pop and country charts in the 70s and 80s with a string of sleekly tailored hits and won three Grammys, has died.
Rogers was 81 and “passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family,” a representative for the singer said in a statement.
Kenneth Ray Rogers was born and raised in Houston, as a fourth born in a family of eight children in a poor family. He took to the guitar as an adolescent, and would sometimes perform with another aspiring local musician and future star, Mickey Gilley.
Kenny Rogers had announced a farewell tour in 2015 and was able to keep it going through December 2017 but would later cut it short. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to say farewell to the fans over the course of the past two years on ‘The Gambler’s Last Deal’ tour” https://ymlp.com/zbjSX9
His songs have endeared music lovers and touched the lives of millions around the world. Chart-topping hits like “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Islands In The Stream,” “Lucille,” “She Believes In Me,” and “Through the Years”
The family is planning a small private service at this time out of concern for the national COVID-19 emergency. They look forward to celebrating Kenny’s life publicly with his friends and fans at a later date.
Fare thee well Ken, you were and forever will be an icon. Kenny Rogers was an American singer, a songwriter, an entrepreneur and a record producer. He is survived by his last wife Wanda and five children. In his 2016 interview Kenny Rogers mentioned his desire to spend time with his then 11 year old twin boys and his wife Wand . ” I am missing some very great parts of my boys…….time gets away from you and I don’t want to miss it….. I want to have time to spend with them. Its pretty simple”. https://variety.com