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More than 100 million records sold!

Kenny Rogers, a singer-songwriter and storyteller, had an illustrious career that spanned several decades. He sold over 100 million records, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. Rogers began his recording career in the 1950s with the release of The Poor Little Doggie with the Scholars, followed by solo releases and collaborations with different musical groups.

In 1968, Rogers achieved his first major hit with the cover song Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) as part of the band The First Edition. He continued to find success with cover songs, including Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town, which reached #2 in the UK.

After The First Edition disbanded, Rogers re-recorded many of their songs and released the album Ten Years Of Gold in 1978. He also collaborated with Dottie West on the duet album Every Time Two Fools Collide, which included the #1 single of the same name. His solo success continued with albums like Love or Something Like It, featuring the title track that he co-wrote and reached #1.

However, it was in 1978 that Rogers released his signature song, The Gambler, written by Don Schlitz. The album of the same name sold five million copies and propelled Rogers to international superstardom.

Throughout the 1980s, Rogers had significant success, including teaming up with Dolly Parton for the hit song Islands in the Stream. However, his career gradually cooled off in the late 1980s and into the 1990s, although he had a top 10 album in 1999 with She Rides Wild Horses. He continued to release albums, reaching a total of 39 studio albums and 80 singles by 2015.

Kenny Rogers passed away at the age of 81 in 2020. In 2023, a posthumous album titled Life Is Like a Song was released, featuring previously unreleased tunes. Rogers left behind a rich musical legacy and is remembered as one of country music’s most successful and beloved artists.

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The Gambler

The Gambler chords

You can learn how to play The Gambler by Kenny Rogers using chords, lyrics, chord analysis, and the original recording.

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On a warm summer’s evening, on a train bound for nowhere…

Islands In The Stream

Islands In The Stream chords

Learn how to play Islands In The Stream by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton using chords, lyrics, chord analysis, and the original recording.

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Baby, when I met you there was peace unknown…

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