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PostSat Mar 21, 2020 9:24 am 
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Kenny Rogers passed away from natural causes at age 81.  From Variety magazine.  "Vocalist Kenny Rogers, who dominated the pop and country charts in the 1970s and 1980s with a string of sleekly tailored hits and won three Grammys, has died. He was 81.

Rogers “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.
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From the Variety article:  After establishing himself commercially via rock- and pop-oriented singles with his group the First Edition, the bearded, prematurely gray Rogers was launched into the top rank of crossover country artists with a string of singles for United Artists Records.

His appealing, sometimes gritty voice propelled 20 solo 45s to No. 1 on the country charts from 1977-87. Two of them, his 1980 reading of Lionel Richie’s “Lady” and his 1983 collaboration with Dolly Parton “Islands in the Stream” (penned by the Bee Gees), also topped the pop lists. He worked profitably with a number of other female vocalists, including Dottie West, Sheena Easton, Kim Carnes and Anne Murray.

Country historian Bill C. Malone noted that Rogers’ ingratiating style “has been the chief source of his immense success. Rogers is a consummate storyteller, with an intimate and compelling style that almost demands the listener’s concentration. When his husky tenor voice slips down into a raspy, gravelly register, as it sometimes does, Rogers pulls the listener even further into his confidence.”
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PostSat Mar 21, 2020 9:31 am 
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Love this one.  Dolly's voice and his work well together.    ~z

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So, two Kennies died?  I am confused.  Of course, Kenny dies in every episode.

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PostSat Mar 21, 2020 9:36 am 
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treeswarper wrote:
So, two Kennies died?  I am confused.  Of course, Kenny dies in every episode.

No.  Thank you for catching that.   doh.gif   Good grief.  Fixed the title and link.  Sorry for the confusion.  That's the last thing I would want to do.    ~z
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PostSat Mar 21, 2020 9:40 am 
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zephyr wrote:
treeswarper wrote:
So, two Kennies died?  I am confused.  Of course, Kenny dies in every episode.

No.  Thank you for catching that.   doh.gif   Good grief.  Fixed.  ~z
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Ahh, thank you.  I am so .......(hard to describe) this morning.  I need to shut off the news. 

I changed the lyrics a long time ago to 400 children and a crop in the field.  He wrote good songs.

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PostSat Mar 21, 2020 9:41 am 
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treeswarper wrote:
Of course, Kenny dies in every episode.

Gosh you're clever t.w.  wink.gif

I had to go look that up.  ~z
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PostSat Mar 21, 2020 10:09 am 
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Beautiful and touching.   I like how that the auditorium is empty but for them.  ~z
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I loved "I just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in." cool.gif

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The Gambler was my first favorite song, still remember playing it over and over as a toddler.
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PostSun Mar 22, 2020 1:26 am 
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RIP Kenny.  A class act.  Was the The Gambler the 1st radio/county song to spawn a TV series?


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