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Kenny Rogers is an American singer and songwriter

InformationDetail
BirthdayAugust 21, 1938
NationalityAmerican
FamousSinger-songwriter, Lyricists & Songwriters, Singers, Country Singers, Pop Singers, Rock Singers
City/StateTexas
SpousesWanda Miller (m. 1997), Janice Gordon (m. 1958–1960), Jean Rogers (m. 1960–1963), Margo Anderson (m. 1964–1976), Marianne Gordon (m. 1977–1993)
SiblingsRoy Rogers
Known asKenneth Donald Rogers
Childrens Carole Rogers, Christopher Cody Rogers, Jordan Edward Rogers, Justin Charles Rogers, Kenny Rogers Jr.
Universities
  • Jefferson Davis High School
Birth PlaceHouston
Height182cm
GenderMale
FatherEdward Floyd Rogers
MotherLucille
Net Worth$250 Million as of May 4,2017
Sun SignLeo
Born inHouston
Famous asSinger-Songwriter

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Who is Kenny Rogers?

Grammy Award winning musician, singer and songwriter, Kenny Rogers has scored over 120 hit singles and has topped the country and pop charts for an unparalleled 200 individual weeks. He is one among ‘the highest- selling artists of all time’, and has sold more than 130 million record copies across the world. The‘USA Today’ and ‘People’ magazine poll, voted him the ‘Favorite Singer of All-Time’. He is also a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. A man who wears many hats, Rogers is also a photographer, record producer, actor, entrepreneur and author. He has appeared in the movie, ‘Six Pack’, and TV movies, ‘The Gambler’, ‘Christmas in America’ and ‘Coward of the County’. He has authored the photo books, ‘Kenny Rogers' America’ and ‘Your Friends and Mine’. He has also authored the autobiographical book, ‘Luck or Something Like it: A Memoir’. Some of his well-known albums include, ‘TheGambler’, ‘Kenny’, ‘Eyes That See in the Dark’, ‘Share Your Love', 'Gideon’, ‘Love or Something Like It’and ‘Kenny Rogers’. He also owns the restaurant chain, ‘Kenny Rogers Roasters’.

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Childhood & Early Life

Kenneth Ray ‘Kenny’ Rogers was born in Houston, Texas, to Edward Floyd Rogers, a carpenter and Lucille Rogers, a nurse assistant. He was raised in poor circumstances in a federal housing project.

He attended the Jefferson Davis High School, Houston, and became the first member of his family to finish high school. It was in high school that he decided to pursue a career in music.

Career

In the mid-1950s, he began his career in music with the band, ‘The Scholars’. The band came to prominence after they released the single, ‘Poor Little Doggie’.

In 1958, he came out with a minor solo titled, ‘That Crazy Feeling’. He later became a part of the jazz group, 'The Bobby Doyle Trio', which earned a reasonable number of fans and also worked for Columbia Records.

In 1965, 'The Bobby Doyle Trio' broke up and the following year, he recorded the jazzy rock single, ‘Here's That Rainy Day’. The single was a failure and he continued to work as a writer, session musician and producer with other artists.

In 1966, he became a part of the American folk music group, ‘The New Christy Minstrels’. He was a singer and a double bass player for the group but was not happy with his association with the group as it did not offer him the success he wanted.

In 1967, he formed the group called, ‘The First Edition’, along with fellow Minstrel members Mike Settle, Terry Williams and Thelma Camacho. The group was later renamed ‘Kenny Rogers and The First Edition’. They released an array of hits, that topped the pop and country charts.

In 1976, he quit ‘The First Edition’, after being with them for a period of ten years, to begin a solo career. The same year, he released his first solo album titled, ‘Love Lifted Me’, which attained minor success.

In 1977, he came out with his self-titled second studio album, ‘Kenny Rogers’, which was released worldwide. It was his first major solo success. The album included the hit single, ‘Laura (What's He Got That I Ain't Got)' and ‘Lucille’.

In July 1977, he released his third solo album, ‘Daytime Friends’, which was a successful album. The album featured the tracks, ‘Daytime Friend’, ‘Desperado’ and ‘Rock and Roll Man’.

In 1978, he released his fifth solo album, ‘Love or Something Like It’, which was a hit album. The title track of the album, which he also co-wrote, was an immense success. The same year he also released the collaboration album, ‘Every Time Two Fools Collide’.

In November 1978, his sixth studio album, ‘The Gambler’, was released. The album’s title track earned him a Grammy Award and topped the charts, making him the most popular artist of that time.

Released in 1979, his seventh studio album, ‘Kenny’, was a successful, chart topping album. The album included the singles, ‘Coward of the County’ and ‘You Decorated My Life’.

In 1980, he released his eighth studio album, ‘Gideon’, which like its successors topped the country charts and the pop charts. The album also featured the international hit, ‘Don’t Fall in Love with a Dreamer’, a duet with Kim Carnes.

In September, 1980, he recorded the hit song, ‘Lady’ that was written by Lionel Richie. The following year, he came out with his first holiday album, ‘Christmas’ and the compilation album, ‘Greatest Hits’.

In 1981, he came out with his ninth studio album, ‘Share Your Love’. It was one of his bestselling albums. His subsequent albums include, 'Love Will Turn You Around’, ‘We've Got Tonight’ and the U.S. Country umber one, ‘Eyes That See in the Dark’.

In 1985, he released his album, ‘The Heart of the Matter’, which topped the music charts. The following year, he came out with the album, ‘They Don’t Make Them like They Used To’.

In 1987, he came out with his album, ‘I Prefer the Moonlight’, which was a success in the genre of country music. The same year, he sang the duet, 'Make No Mistake, She's Mine' with Ronnie Milsap.

In 1989, he came out with the album, ‘Something Inside So Strong’. The following year, he came out with the album, ‘Love Is Strange’. He subsequently released his albums, ‘Back Home Again’ and ‘If Only My Heart Had a Voice’.

In the 1990s he came out with the albums, ‘Vote for Love’, ‘Across My Heart’ and ‘She Rides Wild Horses’. He also released the collaboration album, ‘Timepiece’ with David Foster.

In 2000, he came out with the album, 'There You Go Again', which featured the singles, ‘There You Go Again’, ‘He Will, She Knows’ and ‘Homeland’. His subsequent albums include, 'Back to the Well' and 'Water & Bridges'.

In 2011, he released the album, ‘The Love of God’ under the Cracker Barrel label. The following year he came out with the album titled, ‘Amazing Grace’ and the holiday album, ‘Christmas Live!’

In June 2013, he delivered a performance at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts.

Major Works

His album, ‘The Gambler’ peaked at the number one position on the U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums and the Canadian RPM Country Albums. This was one of his most popular albums.

His album ‘Kenny’ peaked at the number one position on the U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums, Canadian RPM Top Albums and the Canadian RPM Country Albums.

Awards & Achievements

In 1978, he received the Grammy award for the category of ‘Best Country Vocal Performance – Male’ for 'Lucille'.

In 1980, he received the Grammy award for the category of ‘Best Country Vocal Performance – Male’ for ‘The Gambler’.

Personal Life & Legacy

He has been married five times and all of his marriages ended in divorce. His spouses include, Janice Gordon, Jean Rogers, Margo Anderson, Marianne Gordon and Wanda Miller.

He has fathered five children, one each from his previous marriages with Janice Gordon, Margo Anderson, Marianne Gordon and two from Wanda Miller.

Trivia

This Grammy Award winning singer is also an actor and a photographer. He was once invited at the White House to create a portrait of First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton.

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Kenny Rogers biography timelines

  • // 21st Aug 1938
    Kenneth Ray ‘Kenny’ Rogers was born in Houston, Texas, to Edward Floyd Rogers, a carpenter and Lucille Rogers, a nurse assistant. He was raised in poor circumstances in a federal housing project.
  • // 1950
    In the mid-1950s, he began his career in music with the band, ‘The Scholars’. The band came to prominence after they released the single, ‘Poor Little Doggie’.
  • // 1958
    In 1958, he came out with a minor solo titled, ‘That Crazy Feeling’. He later became a part of the jazz group, 'The Bobby Doyle Trio', which earned a reasonable number of fans and also worked for Columbia Records.
  • // 1965
    In 1965, 'The Bobby Doyle Trio' broke up and the following year, he recorded the jazzy rock single, ‘Here's That Rainy Day’. The single was a failure and he continued to work as a writer, session musician and producer with other artists.
  • // 1966
    In 1966, he became a part of the American folk music group, ‘The New Christy Minstrels’. He was a singer and a double bass player for the group but was not happy with his association with the group as it did not offer him the success he wanted.
  • // 1967
    In 1967, he formed the group called, ‘The First Edition’, along with fellow Minstrel members Mike Settle, Terry Williams and Thelma Camacho. The group was later renamed ‘Kenny Rogers and The First Edition’. They released an array of hits, that topped the pop and country charts.
  • // 1976
    In 1976, he quit ‘The First Edition’, after being with them for a period of ten years, to begin a solo career. The same year, he released his first solo album titled, ‘Love Lifted Me’, which attained minor success.
  • // 1977
    In 1977, he came out with his self-titled second studio album, ‘Kenny Rogers’, which was released worldwide. It was his first major solo success. The album included the hit single, ‘Laura (What's He Got That I Ain't Got)' and ‘Lucille’.
  • // Jul 1977
    In July 1977, he released his third solo album, ‘Daytime Friends’, which was a successful album. The album featured the tracks, ‘Daytime Friend’, ‘Desperado’ and ‘Rock and Roll Man’.
  • // 1978
    In 1978, he released his fifth solo album, ‘Love or Something Like It’, which was a hit album. The title track of the album, which he also co-wrote, was an immense success. The same year he also released the collaboration album, ‘Every Time Two Fools Collide’.
  • // 1978
    In 1978, he received the Grammy award for the category of ‘Best Country Vocal Performance – Male’ for 'Lucille'.
  • // Nov 1978
    In November 1978, his sixth studio album, ‘The Gambler’, was released. The album’s title track earned him a Grammy Award and topped the charts, making him the most popular artist of that time.
  • // 1979
    Released in 1979, his seventh studio album, ‘Kenny’, was a successful, chart topping album. The album included the singles, ‘Coward of the County’ and ‘You Decorated My Life’.
  • // 1980
    In 1980, he released his eighth studio album, ‘Gideon’, which like its successors topped the country charts and the pop charts. The album also featured the international hit, ‘Don’t Fall in Love with a Dreamer’, a duet with Kim Carnes.
  • // 1980
    In 1980, he received the Grammy award for the category of ‘Best Country Vocal Performance – Male’ for ‘The Gambler’.
  • // Sep 1980
    In September, 1980, he recorded the hit song, ‘Lady’ that was written by Lionel Richie. The following year, he came out with his first holiday album, ‘Christmas’ and the compilation album, ‘Greatest Hits’.
  • // 1981
    In 1981, he came out with his ninth studio album, ‘Share Your Love’. It was one of his bestselling albums. His subsequent albums include, 'Love Will Turn You Around’, ‘We've Got Tonight’ and the U.S. Country umber one, ‘Eyes That See in the Dark’.
  • // 1985
    In 1985, he released his album, ‘The Heart of the Matter’, which topped the music charts. The following year, he came out with the album, ‘They Don’t Make Them like They Used To’.
  • // 1987
    In 1987, he came out with his album, ‘I Prefer the Moonlight’, which was a success in the genre of country music. The same year, he sang the duet, 'Make No Mistake, She's Mine' with Ronnie Milsap.
  • // 1989
    In 1989, he came out with the album, ‘Something Inside So Strong’. The following year, he came out with the album, ‘Love Is Strange’. He subsequently released his albums, ‘Back Home Again’ and ‘If Only My Heart Had a Voice’.
  • // 1990
    In the 1990s he came out with the albums, ‘Vote for Love’, ‘Across My Heart’ and ‘She Rides Wild Horses’. He also released the collaboration album, ‘Timepiece’ with David Foster.
  • // 2000
    In 2000, he came out with the album, 'There You Go Again', which featured the singles, ‘There You Go Again’, ‘He Will, She Knows’ and ‘Homeland’. His subsequent albums include, 'Back to the Well' and 'Water & Bridges'.
  • // 2011
    In 2011, he released the album, ‘The Love of God’ under the Cracker Barrel label. The following year he came out with the album titled, ‘Amazing Grace’ and the holiday album, ‘Christmas Live!’
  • // Jun 2013
    In June 2013, he delivered a performance at the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts.

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Kenny Rogers's FAQ

  • What is Kenny Rogers birthday?

    Kenny Rogers was born at 1938-08-21

  • Where is Kenny Rogers's birth place?

    Kenny Rogers was born in Houston

  • What is Kenny Rogers nationalities?

    Kenny Rogers's nationalities is American

  • Who is Kenny Rogers spouses?

    Kenny Rogers's spouses is Wanda Miller (m. 1997), Janice Gordon (m. 1958–1960), Jean Rogers (m. 1960–1963), Margo Anderson (m. 1964–1976), Marianne Gordon (m. 1977–1993)

  • Who is Kenny Rogers siblings?

    Kenny Rogers's siblings is Roy Rogers

  • Who is Kenny Rogers childrens?

    Kenny Rogers's childrens is Carole Rogers, Christopher Cody Rogers, Jordan Edward Rogers, Justin Charles Rogers, Kenny Rogers Jr.

  • What was Kenny Rogers universities?

    Kenny Rogers studied at Jefferson Davis High School

  • How tall is Kenny Rogers?

    Kenny Rogers's height is 182

  • Who is Kenny Rogers's father?

    Kenny Rogers's father is Edward Floyd Rogers

  • Who is Kenny Rogers's mother?

    Kenny Rogers's mother is Lucille

  • What is Kenny Rogers's sun sign?

    Kenny Rogers is Leo

  • How famous is Kenny Rogers?

    Kenny Rogers is famouse as Singer-Songwriter