Kenny Rogers

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Kenny Rogers, concert, Chumash Casino Resort hall, Santa Ynez, California, September 27, 2006.
Background information
Birth name Kenneth Ray Rogers
Born August 21, 1938 (age 78)
Origin Houston, Texas, United States
Genres
Country pop adult contemporary soft rock rock jazz
Occupations
Singer songwriter actor record producer
Instruments
Vocals guitar bass guitar harmonica fiddle
Years active 1958–present
Labels
Cue Carlton Mercury United Artists Giant Reprise Atlantic Curb RCA Dreamcatcher Capitol WEA Warner Bros.
Associated acts
The Scholars The Bobby Doyle Trio The New Christy Minstrels The First Edition Glen Campbell Dolly Parton Wyclef Jean Reba McEntire Dottie West Juice Newton Sheena Easton the Bee Gees Barry Gibb Kim Carnes Ronnie Milsap James Ingram David Foster Lionel Richie Whitney Duncan Don Henley USA for Africa Live Aid Kellie Pickler Brad Paisley Jennifer Nettles Wynonna Judd Home Free Linda Davis Garth Brooks Steve Perry
Website kennyrogers.com
Kenneth Ray “Kenny” Rogers (born August 21, 1938) is an American singer, songwriter, actor and record producer. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Though he has been most successful with country audiences, he has charted more than 120 hit singles across various music genres, topped the country and pop album charts for more than 200 individual weeks in the United States alone and has sold over 120 million records worldwide, certifying his position as one of the best-selling music artists of all time. On September 25, 2015 he announced on NBC’s Today Show that he was retiring from show business after a final tour to spend more time with his wife and twin boys.

Two of his albums, The Gambler and Kenny, are featured in the About.com poll of “The 200 Most Influential Country Albums Ever”. He was voted the “Favorite Singer of All-Time” in a 1986 joint poll by readers of both USA Today and People. He has received numerous such awards as the AMAs, Grammys, ACMs and CMAs, as well as a lifetime achievement award for a career spanning six decades in 2003.

Later success includes the 2006 album release, Water & Bridges, an across the board hit, that hit the Top 5 in the Billboard Country Albums sales charts, also charting in the Top 15 of the Billboard 200. The first single from the album, “I Can’t Unlove You,” was also a sizable chart hit. Remaining a popular entertainer around the world, the following year he completed a tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland, telling BBC Radio 2 DJ Steve Wright his favourite hit was “The Gambler”. He has also acted in a variety of movies and television shows, most notably the title roles in Kenny Rogers as The Gambler and the MacShayne series as well as his appearance on The Muppet Show.

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