Kenneth Donald Rogers was an American singer, Songwriter, Musician, Record producer, Photograph, Entrepreneur, Author, Visual artist, and Music artist. He gave hits in multiple genres from jazz, folk, pop to rock and country. He topped the country and pop albums.
Rogers began his recording career in the late 1950s. He started with the Houston-based group The Scholars and released “The Poor Little Doggie”.He also took on releasing a solo in 1958s That Crazy Feeling. Not only as a singer but Roger also played his hands-on double bass and bass guitar with a folk and ensemble The New Christy Minstrels.
In 1967 he gave a psychedelic rock song Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) turned out to be his first major hit. It was listed at number 5 on the Billboard chart. In 1975-76 Rogers went on for a long and successful solo career. His duet with Dolly Parton Islands In The Stream was a big hit.
The Gambler was the signature song that won him a Grammy Award in the 1980s. The album was such a crossover hit that it was featured in the about.com poll of the 200 Most Influential Country Albums Ever. His further successful releases include Water And Bridges, I Can’t Unlove You, and continued producing many more hits.
His acting career includes some Television rules. He acted in Kenny Rogers as The Gambler, the NBC Mystery Movie, and Six Pack.
According to a report in Celebrity Net Worth, Kenny Rogers had a net worth of about $250 million at the time of his death on March 20th, 2020. He had a great impact on the music world. He was known for his country music, which made him a true legend. Apart from the country, he performed many genres including jazz, pop, rock, and folk. He sold over 165million records all over the world.
Kenneth Donald Rogers was born on August 21 1938 in Houston, Texas. In his early days, Rogers had to struggle financially, living with his parents along with six siblings. His mother Lucille Lois Rogers was a nurse’s assistant and his father Edward Floyd Rogers was a Carpenter.
In 1949, Rogers performed in a talent show at the theatre and won the show. He had to struggle to do a number of odd jobs, sometimes earning $9 per week. In 1956 he graduated from Jefferson Davis high school. In 1956 he started his music journey by starting a rock band called The Scholars. Rogers told journalists about how’ money wasn’t top of his mind at that time’.
Kenneth loved to experiment with various music styles. He tried hands in jazz, rock, fusing folk, and country. His music career began during the 1950s. Eventually, in 1957 he recorded his first solo hit “That Crazy Feeling” and gained attention for it. He later joined a group called “The Bobby Doyle Three”. He started working as a producer, writer, and musician for other artists.
In 1966 he joined “The New Christy Minstrels” and left the band after a year. Kenneth then started a group “ Kenny Rogers and the 1st edition” and with other few members, released a number of successful hits including “But You Know I love you”, “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town”,” Tell It All, Brothers” and many more.
Towards the end of the 1970s, Rogers went on as a solo artist and released his first album “Love Lifted Me”. His major hit “Lucille” topped the charts in 12 countries. He saw great success in his solo career. During the 1980s Rogers recorded some major hits with Dottie West. The two were a great success together.
During this time Rogers enjoyed enormous success in both of his best genres, country, and pop. He also topped number one on the pop charts for six weeks. He worked with Dolly Parton, Kim Carnes, Sheena Easton, Lionel Richie and Lynda Carter for such major hits. He won a Grammy Award for his collaboration with vocals for “Make No Mistake, She Is Mine”.
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Rogers lived in a 13,000 square foot mansion in the northern suburbs of Atlanta worth $2.383 million. He then got a 1.5-acre estate for $1.5 million and sold it for $4.8 million. He also had properties in Bel Air and Beverly Hills.
Kenneth Rogers Passed away on March 20th, 2020 due to natural causes. He was at his home in Sandy Springs, Georgia under Hospice care when he died. His family announced to hold a public memorial while remembering Rogers.