December 14, 2017 2:20pm CST
One of the greatest entertainers was able to go from country to pop and do it with style. He is well known for his gravelly voice, gray hair and beard. I am referring to Kenny Rogers who had his first number one country hit with “Lucille” in 1976. It all began in the late 1950s when he started out in R&B then to folk music with the New Christy Minstrels and to rock with The First Edition. When he chose to go solo he went straight for country music and finally got to number one. By the time he released his album Kenny Rogers’ Greatest Hits he was already fully gray and the album went straight up to the top of the Billboard 200 Pop album chart. Rogers had become a crossover superstar. By the time 1980 came round Kenny Rogers has seven number one country singles among them “Lucille”, “The Gambler” and “Coward of the County”. All three of these songs made it to the top of the Billboard pop charts along with his duet with Kim Carnes “Don’t Fall in Love With a Dreamer”. He scored a number one pop hit with “Lady” written by Lionel Richie. Rogers was now in demand on both country and pop charts. His two biggest crossover hits were duets “We’ve Got Tonight” with Sheena Easton and “Islands in the Stream” with Dolly Parton. His popularity just grew along with other songs that became number one hits like “Crazy”, “Morning Desire”, "Make No Mistake, She's Mine", "Buy Me A Rose" and “Tomb of the Unknown Love”. Today he is retired and a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Who is a Kenny Rogers fan?
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I'm a fan! Here is a favorite of mine.