When did the gambler song come out

Country legend Kenny Rogers dead: Everyone knows these hits

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03/21/2020 10:25 am

With more than 120 million albums sold, Kenny Rogers is one of the most successful US pop musicians. Even country music haters raved about world hits like “The Gambler” or “Islands In The Stream”. Now the charmer has died at the age of 81.

In one of his most famous songs, Kenny Rogers, who died on Friday evening at the age of 81 in the US state of Georgia, explained the world in gamer pictures. "You have to know when to keep the cards in hand, when to pass, when to leave - and when to run", sang the country bard with the white beard and the smoky voice in his world hit "The Gambler", which is about so much more than just a card player on the train.

He continues: “Every player knows that the secret of survival is knowing what to put down and what to keep. Because every hand can win and every hand can lose. And the best you can hope for is to die in your sleep. ”Now the three-time Grammy winner, one of the most popular musicians in America across all political camps, has actually died peacefully - surrounded by loved ones and a natural death, like Rogers' family announced on Twitter on Saturday.

60 years in show business

The career of the US singer of hits such as "Islands In The Stream", "The Gambler" or "Lucille" produced by the Bee Gees spanned six decades in which he "left an indelible mark in the history of American music" as the family wrote. In a very successful career, especially in the USA, which brought him together with country music icons such as Dolly Parton and Willie Nelson, the musician sold more than 120 million albums, according to industry figures.

In October 2017, Rogers said goodbye with a furious concert finale at the side of colleagues like Parton and Lionel Richie. “You don't wait to retire until people have forgotten you,” said the father of four, who was married five times, to the music magazine “Rolling Stone”. "I've achieved everything I ever wanted to achieve - there is nothing left to strive for."

According to "Rolling Stone", Rogers had released his first single "That Crazy Feeling / We'll Always Have Each Other" back in 1957, back then as Kenneth Rogers. In 2013 he was finally inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. He received Grammys for his hits and performances in 1977, 1979 and 1987. There were also 19 nominations for the world's most important music award.

Rogers had many talents

Born in 1938 in Houston, Texas, the fourth of eight children, Rogers was not only able to country, although he was accepted into the US hall of fame for this genre. In between he played jazz, rock, pop and folk, wrote books, worked as an actor, photographer - and even played tennis professionally. The Internet lexicon “Allmusic” describes his commercially successful music mixture as follows: “well-done, middle-of-the-road songs featuring a country flavor”, that is, well-made, catchy songs with a country flair.

Kenneth “Kenny” Rogers kept coming back to country music - after all, his mother once ironed it, as he once said. Unlike many of his colleagues, the singer not only invoked the conservative ideal world in his songs, but also tackled sensitive topics: racism ("Reuben James"), rape ("Coward Of The County") or the suffering of war veterans ( "Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town").

"What men say and what women want to hear"

"I've always looked for two types of songs: ballads that contain everything men say and women want to hear - and socially important songs," emphasized the singer, who always appeared as a charmer. Despite his great career, Rogers didn't seem aloof - and that resonated with a lot of people.

The reason was a concert by the Afro-American music legend Ray Charles, at which he watched the laughing and clapping spectators when he was twelve, said Rogers. "Since then, it has just never been important to me that people leave my show and say, 'He's the best singer ever." But it was important to me that they say,' I enjoyed the show. '"

Funeral service in a small circle

The Rogers family is initially only planning "a small private farewell party" in these times of concern about the coronavirus crisis, it said on Twitter. Later, "Kenny's life will be celebrated in public with his friends and fans".

The news of death was immediately commented on Saturday with sadness on social networks. Pop singer Richard Marx wrote: “He did so much for me as a young songwriter, and we stayed friends for more than 30 years.” British TV presenter Piers Morgan emphasized: “One of the greatest country music stars of all time and an absolutely charming one Man. ”Singer LeAnn Rimes Cibrian declared:“ You are and always will be a real legend ”. (Christina Horsten and Werner Herpell, dpa)