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Kenny Rogers, R.I.P.

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Country music star Kenny Rogers  has died  at age 81.   It’s a shame ill health forced cancellation of the last shows of his 2018 farewell tour.   He was a guy who began with absolutely nothing but a voice and steely determination.   That earned him not only hit records,  but also Grammy and CMA Awards and worldwide recognition.   He developed his hit song “The Gambler” into a series of television movies.   And who can forget his duet with Dolly Parton, “Islands in the Stream”,  which he didn’t especially like until  Parton came into the studio.   She gave an  emotional tribute  upon hearing the news.

I always liked his voice,  which was soft and easy with an underlying layer of gravel —  you hear the latter on “the chorus of Ruby”.   There was no “Texas twang”  but there was  just a gentle touch of the South.   He was also quite  an accomplished  photographer.  Rogers was a multi-talented man who worked hard doing what he was good at,  had a rather messy personal life —  five wives and five children,  I believe —   and probably achieved more than he had ever dreamed possible.

 

 

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March 22, 2020 at 1:56 pm

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