Singer, songwriter, actor and businessman, Kenny Rogers is one of the most famous faces in the World. That’s right, we said it – the World. When you see The Gambler onstage, he’ll regale you with some jokes and a few classic stories and then sing the songs you came to hear – you’ll love every second of it.
Now the legend that is Kenny Rogers has announced that he will be bidding farewell to live performances. His current tour “The Gamblers Last Deal” will be his last road trip. After an incredible six decades, the curtain will be brought down on one of the most legendary careers in music history. If you want to be a part of the ride, then grab your Kenny Rogers tickets and watch the Grammy winner entertain you one last time.
Early Life and Influences
Kenny Rogers decided to become a musician very early on. He loved music in general and his taste was not restricted to a particular genre. However, it was Ray Charles who was his biggest influence. And this is how it began:
“Ray Charles was my influence. When I was 12 years old, I went to see Ray Charles, and I came home that night, and I didn’t even know I could sing, but I told my mom, I know what I want to do. I want to sing.” – Kenny Rogers
He took his first steps in the music industry by buying a guitar and starting his own band, “The Scholars.” The band was into rockabilly music and managed to come out with a few local hits. He then went solo for a while and released “That Crazy Feeling” in 1958 which turned out to be a surprise hit. So much so that he also got to perform the track on the program “American Bandstand” which was hosted by Dick Clark.
Rogers then decided to experiment and went into jazz music with “The Bobby Doyle Three,” a jazz ensemble. From there he ventured into the world of folk-pop and became a member of “New Christy Minstrels.” A year later in 1967 he left the group with a few of its members and formed “The First Edition.” The band managed to record a few hits over the next few years, but it disbanded in 1976 and Rogers kickstarted his journey as a solo artist.
It turned out to be a great decision.
Breakthrough and Recognition
Rogers’s debut as a solo artist came with the album “Love Lifted Me” in the year 1976. He followed that up by releasing “Kenny Rogers” his second studio album. It was however his single “Lucille” that put him on the map for the first time. The track was released in 1977 and it went on to the top of the charts in more than twelve countries. It sold in excess of five million copies. The track also got him his first Grammy.
His next two albums “Daytime Friends” and “Love or Something Like It” went platinum and gold in the US, respectively. His 1978 album “The Gambler” cemented Kenny Rogers’s status as a true superstar. The record was a massive hit and it went five times platinum. Rogers also won a Grammy for the title track.
During the 1970s, he also teamed up with Dottie West, the country music icon and released a series of major hits. “Every Time Two Fools Collide,” “All I Ever Need Is You” and “What Are We Doin’ In Love” all topped the charts. He carried on with his collaborative works in the 1980s too and that resulted in him working with Dolly Parton to release “Islands in the Stream.” The track was penned down by the Bee Gees and it topped both pop and country charts. It also won the Academy of Country Music Award and to this day remains among Rogers’s biggest hits.
An Iconic Career
Kenny Rogers has in total released thirty-nine studio albums and forty compilation albums. Thirty of his singles have topped charts overall while twenty-one have gone number one in the United States. Rogers has come out with over one hundred and twenty hit singles across multiple genres. There aren’t too many artists in history to have done something as astonishing as that. He has also sold over one hundred million records around the globe and has won three Grammy Awards in the process.
Kenny Rogers Concert Tickets
"I've had a great life, I can't complain, but it's time for me to hang it up."- Kenny Rogers
Kenny Rogers is on his farewell tour and his show in Nashville promises to be a very special one. For that concert, Rogers will be joined by other music superstars like Dolly Parton, Chris Stapleton, Lady Antebellum, Wynonna Judd, Little Big Town, Idina Menzel, Alison Kraus, Jamey Johnson and The Flaming Lips. The concert has been titled the "All In for the Gambler: Kenny Rogers' Farewell Concert Celebration" and it will take place on October 25, 2017 at the Bridgestone Arena. More names are expected to confirm their participation in the event too.
You want to see the icon ride into the sunset? Get your Kenny Rogers concert tickets and be a part of this historic occasion, live.