Known for his raspy voice and storytelling lyrics, he is one of the most successful crossover artists in country music history.

Early Life and Music Career

Rogers began singing with a doo-wop group called "The Scholars" during his teen years. In the late 1950s, he joined the jazz group "Bobby Doyle Three" as a stand-up bass player before forming his first band, "The First Edition" in 1967. The band released hit songs like "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" which later became a classic in pop culture.

Stardom

In the mid-1970s, Rogers launched his solo career with hits such as "Lucille," "Coward of the County," and perhaps his most famous song, "The Gambler." With international appeal earned thanks to ballads like “She Believes in Me” and “Lady,” over 40 singles reached Billboard Hot Country Songs charts throughout his illustrious musical career.

A prolific artist who covered genres from rock to country to jazz; He worked with some of the biggest names including Lionel Richie on popular hits such as 'Lady'". His work has sold over 100 million records globally.

Entrepreneurship

Aside from music creating history-making hits for four decades; Kenny Rogers also served as an entrepreneur responsible for creating several successful ventures. He opened chains of chicken restaurants called “Kenny Rogers Roasters” that earned him both wealth and popularity all across America. Also renowned for philanthropy deeds commitment towards education especially towards children’s needs raising millions via their benefit performances helped plant shopping complexes situated throughout Asia.

Legacy

During a career spanning half-a-century, the legendary singer received accolades like Country Music Association Awards, Grammy-Awards among others. Forbes listed him No. 35 on its “Celebrity 100 list” in 1987 with earnings worth $21 million from touring, television specials and his various investments.

Kenny Rogers passed on March 20th, 2020 at his home in Sandy Springs Georgia, but he continues to live on through his music. He will always be remembered for his timeless contributions to country music and beloved hits that still make fans smile today.