Kenneth Ray Rogers (HoustonTexasAugust 21, 1938), better known as Kenny Rogers, is an American country singer, photographer, writer, songwriter, actor and businessman. "Ruby (Don't Take Your Love To Town)", "Islands In The Stream" (with Dolly Parton) and ' The Gambler ' are among his most successful hits. In addition to many solo hits, he has also sung a number of duets with Dolly PartonSheena Easton and Dottie West. With his impressive singing career of more than half a century, including more than 20 number-one hits Kenny Rogers can be regarded as one of the greatest countryzangers of all time. In addition, Kenny Rogers, among others, the number written Sweet Music Man .


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The beginning[Edit]Edit

The singing career of Kenny Rogers starts in 1956, when he finds himself at the age of 17, in line with the local rock band ' The Scholars '. Close the band a record deal and in short time they produce two singles with which they have local success. Shortly after Rogers leaves The Scholars for the Jazz band "Bobby Doyle Trio ' for that to leave again in 1966 for the ' New Christy Minstrels '. A year later Rogers along with several band members ' The First Edition ' on. after their first hit, ' I Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) ' grows Rogers in short time to the face of the band. In 1968 the band changes its name to ' Kenny Rogers and The First Edition '. After the first success follow rapidly becoming new achievements: with the singles ' Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town "," Reuben James "and" Tell It All Brother ' acquires the band national prominence. In the early 1970s the band launches its own weekly television show: ' Rollin' on the River '. The show is rather successful, but the pressure to put together a weekly show to do creates tensions between the band members and eventually leads to her end in 1974. In previous years, the band has had hardly any hits.

Solo Career[Edit]Edit

After the break-up of ' Kenny Rogers and The First Edition ' decision Rogers in 1975 to pursue a solo career. From the outset, he focuses on country music. The single ' Love Lifted Me ' is his first top 20 hit, but with ' Lucille ' he finally breaks through. ' Lucille ' picks in no less than 12 countries the first place in the charts, going more than five million times worldwide over the counter and is elected CMA's Single of the Year. Rogers builds his success with ' Don't Fall in Love With a Dreamer "(No. 4, with Kim Carnes), ' Through the Years ' (No. 13), ' we've Got Tonight ' (No. 6, with Sheena Easton) and his two number-one hits" Islands in the Stream "(with Dolly Parton) and ' Lady '. At the end of the 1970s Rogers worldwide earned more than $ 100 million to his record.

The year 1978 is a new success year for Rogers when his single ' The Gambler ' is not only a big hit, but also a TV series in which he himself will play the lead role. ' The Gambler ' is the longest running mini-series in movie history and starts a career as an actor Rogers. He plays the lead role in the film ' six-pack ' (1982) and the series ' Coward Of The County ' (1981), based on his eponymous number-one single.

80 's[Edit]Edit

At the beginning of the 1980s achieves Rogers with the two new romantic singles ' She Believes In Me "and" You Decorated My Life ' again the first place in u.s. charts, while the previously released ' Lady ' and ' Through The Years ' again a success.

In 1983 signs Rogers a record-breaking $ 20 million contract with record company RCA. Between 1983 and 1990 alone no less than 23 top 40 singles and 10 top 40 albums. From that time he goes often deal with other things and he put his solo career on the back burner. This is how he has evolved into a respected photographer, he published short stories and pictures and he has played in his own Christmas musical, The Toy Shoppe.

He also sang "We Are The World produced by Quincy Jones for Africa ', together with Michael Jackson and Tina Turner

90 's[Edit]Edit

Rogers Opens In 1991 along with Kentucky Fried Chicken CEO John y. Brown Jr. his own ' Kenny Rogers Roasters'-restaurant chain. By the time Rogers in 1999 with ' The Greatest ' again high in the charts State has the American his own record label, Dreamcatcher Entertainment, was established.


In 2001 achieves Kenny Rogers with ' Buy Me a Rose "after almost 10 years another number one hit. Three years later, in 2004, he brings his ultimate album: Kenny Rogers 42 Ultimate Hits. This collection contains 40 Golden oldie, two new songs: "We Are The Same ' and ' My World Is Over ', with which he on typical way say goodbye to the general public and his career more or less ends.

After a singing career of more than 50 years, Kenny Rogers had over 60 top 40 hit singles worldwide, including approximately 25 number-one hits. In total, he made 50 gold albums. Kenny Rogers may occur in the year 2011 still often on in various countries.

Kenny Rogers came in 2011 with the album The love of God. Rogers ' book came In October 2012 Luck or Something Like it: A Memoir , which is about the ups-and-downs in his music career.

In October 2013 is the album You Can't Make Old Friends issued. This gallery contains among others a duet with Dolly Parton. According to Kenny Rogers is this the most diverse album to date released.

Kenny Rogers lives with his fifth wife Wanda Miller, whom he married in 1997 , on a 1200 acre property in the u.s. State of Georgia. The country legend has five children, including Kenny Rogers Jr., which has its own singing career.

Kenny Rogers may occur several times each year with his Christmas and Hits Tour in november and december.



  • Greatest Hits (1969)
  • Ten Years Of Gold (1977)
  • The Best Of Kenny Rogers (1979)
  • Greatest Hits (1980)
  • 20 Greatest Hits (1983)
  • 20 Great Years (1990)
  • The Very Best of Kenny Rogers (1990)
  • Love Songs (1997)
  • Through the Years: A Retrospective (1999)
  • Endless Love (2000)
  • Through The Years-20 Greatest Hits (2001)
  • 42 Ultimate Hits (2004)
  • The Love of God (2011)
  • Christmas Live (2012)
  • Amazing Grace (2012)

Radio 2 Top 2000[Edit]Edit

Number (s) with markings

in the Radio 2 Top 2000

' 99 ' 00 ' 01 ' 02 ' 03 ' 04 ' 05 ' 06 ' 07 ' 08 ' 09 ' 10 ' 11 ' 12 ' 13
Coward of the county 1728 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Islands In The Stream (with Dolly Parton) 1206 1176 1119 853 1288 1294 990 1147 1020 1103 1547 1277 1269 1343 1360
Ruby, don't take your love to town (with First Edition) 1816 1792 245 1269 1823 1957 - - - - - - - - -
We've got tonight (with Sheena Easton) 1930 - - - - - - - - - - - - - -


  • "Don't be afraid to give up the good for the great."
  • "I never had a doubt in my mind. I always knew that, with the right material, I could pop a hit. "
  • "There is a trade off--as you grow older you gain wisdom but you lose spontaneity."
  • "Growing older is not upsetting; being perceived as old is. "
  • When you go straight up, you go straight down. When you go slowly up, you go slowly down.

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