Country legend Kenny Rogers dies at 81

Monday, 23 Mar, 2020

Rogers passed away Friday evening, with the family issuing a statement to revealing he "passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family".

And, of course, I have to add that Kenny played a key role in two social movement songs of the 80s. "So, he said, 'By the way, what's the name of the song?'" Richie replies: "Lady". The words too are a reflection of the turmoil he had faced in his love life. "So you be safe with God and just know that I will always love you, dolly".

The singer and 52-year-old beauty are parents to 14-year-old identical twin sons, Jordan and Justin. I'll really miss him. His final marriage, to Wanda Miller, lasted 15 years until his death.

In this March 22, 1979 file photo, Kenny Rogers, center, rolls the dice at Regine's in NY.

He was married five times and had five children.

Parton and Rogers were dear friends and duet partners multiple times over. Their coming together was by mistake.

After the group broke up in 1974, Rogers started his solo career and found a big hit with the sad country ballad "Lucille", in 1977, which crossed over to the pop charts and earned Rogers his first Grammy. "He ended up being one of my favorite people to interview". And I finally said, "Barry, I don't even like this song anymore". "We are forever grateful to the three-time GRAMMY Award victor for everything he gave music Thank you Kenny". "I'm getting to where I don't walk around well". He didn't write many, but damn he sang them like he did. "Everybody always thought we were having an affair but we didn't!"

Rogers had moved the First Edition toward country music by the time of this vivid story song (written by Mel Tillis), in which the singer portrays a paralyzed Vietnam veteran whose wife is stepping out on him. Relax, enjoy where you are, ' " Rogers said. At the time it only had a presence in Malaysian. Looked back upon now, it also indicates clearly how country music, in many ways a hidebound genre before Rogers emerged, would evolve in his wake.

He declined to dye his greying hair in a celebrity world where the only platinum and silver that counted were the discs handed out for multi-million sales (of which he must have had quite a collection, shifting over 120 million records in his time). Unknown to many of his fans, Rogers who treated all his enterprises as business was an excellent photographer whose works have been compiled into books. The musician was also into horse and cattle breeding on his a 1,200-acre ranch in Georgia. I had the honour of announcing his election to the Country Music Hall of Fame, and was thrilled when I realized how much it meant to him.