- Mini Bio
- Name: Kenneth Ray Rogers
- Born: 21st August 1938, Houston, Texas, U.S.
- Occupation: Singer, songwriter and actor
- Awards: He has won 3 Grammy Awards for "Lucille" (1977) "The Gambler" (1979) and the Best Duo Country Vocal Performance with "Make No Mistake She's Mine" (1979 with Ronnie Milsap)
- Genre: Country and soft rock
- Instrument: Vocals, guitar and harmonica
- Discography: He has released 39 studio albums, 42 compilation albums and 80 singles with 30 of them topping the charts. His record sales have exceeded 165 million
- Trivia: He once took the place of a Kenny Rogers impersonator to sing "Islands In the Stream" as a duet with a Dolly Parton impersonator and the audience at the Imperial Palace in Las Vegas did not realise he was the real thing
"Music is what I am, everything else is what I do"Kenny Rogers
"That's always been kind of a rub with me when people retire 10 times. I'm going out because I need to go out, and I'm going to enjoy my time at home with my wife and kids"Kenny Rogers
"He can be president and not owe anybody anything; he's one of the few people who has the money to do it, and has the guts to do it" [about Donald Trump]Kenny Rogers
"I've had offers to do commercials for cigarettes, beer, and liquor. And while I'm not passing moral judgment, I turned them down"Kenny Rogers
"I love working with Dolly and I give her full credit because that song [Islands In The Stream] was one of my career-making ones"Kenny Rogers
"Everyone thinks Dolly and I had an affair. We just flirted with each other for 30 years in front of the nation"Kenny Rogers
"A smart man isn't necessarily one who knows all the answers, but knows where to find them"Kenny Rogers
"There is a trade off - as you grow older you gain wisdom but you lose spontaneity"Kenny Rogers
"Working with Dolly is a great rush for me because we are good friends, and we have been, forever"Kenny Rogers
"If you want people to know what your message is, just sing it"Kenny Rogers
"I had holes in my jeans well before it was fashionable"Kenny Rogers
"Growing older is not upsetting; Being perceived as old is"Kenny Rogers
"I do ballads that say what every man wants to say and that every woman wants to hear"Kenny Rogers
"You can't make old friends. You either have them or you don't"Kenny Rogers
"Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great"Kenny Rogers
"Flirting is more electric than passion. It's the anticipation"Kenny Rogers
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Kenny Rogers Biography
Kenny Rogers is the Texas boy who went from leaving school head long into a career that has spanned seven decades and saw him selling a mouth watering 120 million albums worldwide. There have been awards aplenty with his 3 Grammy awards proudly topping off a list including every single Country award imaginable.
Hits like 'The Gambler', 'Islands In The Stream', 'Lucille' and 'Coward Of The County' have made Rogers into a legend that has sold out arenas all over the globe. His acting career boasts a plethora of movies and TV roles including the character Brady Hawkes whom he played in the movie 'The Gambler' that spawned a further three sequels.
As a passionate photographer he has published 2 books in the 1980's 'Kenny Rogers' America' (1986) and 'Your Friends and Mine' (1987). In 2012 he became a best selling author topping The New York Times best sellers list with his autobiography, 'Luck or Something Like It - A Memoir'.
I'm unsure about the 'luck' part because Kenny has proven himself time and time again to be a multi talented individual who has excelled in every environment he has chosen to participate in. Great talents make great one liners and they are given extra meaning because of the platform they have risen to, so this is my compilation of 16 of the best Kenny Rogers quotes
Quotes About Kenny Rogers
Dolly Parton spoke of the spontaneity between them:
"There was just something about mine and Kenny's chemistry with each other. Our friendship. People really sensed what we really feel"
Dolly Parton on why she and Kenny clicked so well:
"We're really good friends. And we're so much alike. We know the same people. We laugh at the same kind of jokes. I tell jokes and I tell him not to tell that I told the joke"
The music producer Larry Butler on how he coaxed Rogers into recording 'The Gambler':
"Kenny, I got a funny feeling', I got a feelin' that if you do this you will become 'The Gambler'"
Larry Butler went on to say:
"Do you know we sold two million a month, for two years.... I think that was 1979 and 1980. And in 1981 - it was either 1980 or 1981 - Kenny Rogers earned United Artists Records a hundred million dollars income, just from his records"
The author Paul Hemphill described his musical success:
"Like Ray Charles, Kenny can take the right song and countrify it so successfully you'd swear he'd been working roadhouses his entire life. Most musicians saty in one genre or another .... but Ray and Kenny transcend that. They are superstars because of it"
The librettist Bruce Burch described why songwriters loved him:
"He made careers. Songwriters were running over themselves to get songs like 'The Gambler' and 'Coward Of The County' to him"