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|March 31, 2020|
Singer-actor-songwriter Kenny Rogers dies at 81
SANDY SPRINGS, GA – Singer songwriter Kenny Rogers died Friday night at the age of 81. Rogers passed away peacefully at his Georgia home from natural causes under hospice care and surrounded by his family.
In the late 1950s, Rogers started his recording career with jazz-singer Bobby Doyle, and joined the folk ensemble the New Christy Minstrels in 1961, playing double bass and bass guitar as well as singing. In 1967, he and several members of the New Christy Minstrels left to found the group the First Edition, with whom he scored his first major hit, "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)", a psychedelic rock song which peaked at number five on the Billboard charts.
In a career that spanned more than six decades, Kenny Rogers left an indelible mark on the history of American music. His songs have endeared music lovers and touched the lives of millions. Chart-topping hits like "The Gambler," "Lady," "Islands In The Stream," "Lucille," "She Believes In Me," and "Through the Years" were among Kenny Rogers' songs that have inspired generations of artists and fans alike.
Rogers, with twenty-four number-one hits, was a Country Music Hall of Fame member, six-time CMA Awards winner, three-time GRAMMY® Award winner, recipient of the CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013, CMT Artist of a Lifetime Award honoree in 2015 and has been voted the "Favorite Singer of All Time" in a joint poll by readers of both USA Today and People.
Rogers was an actor, record producer, and entrepreneur. He recorded 65 albums and sold over 165 million records.
The family is planning a small private service at this time out of concern for the national COVID-19 emergency.
Story Date: March 30, 2020