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In Memoriam: Kenny Rogers (1938 – 2020)

RadioMaxMusic will feature a Kenny Rogers program Sunday at 9am / 9pm with BIll Brent on the Vinyl Resting Place.

Across social media, friends and fans mourned country music legend Kenny Rogers.

Rogers, the smooth, Grammy-winning balladeer who spanned jazz, folk, country and pop with such hits as “Lucille,” “Lady” and “Islands in the Stream” and embraced his persona as “The Gambler” on record and on TV died Friday night. He was 81.

The Rogers family announced his death on Twitter. They said he died “peacefully” under hospice care in his home in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

Early Saturday celebrities reacted to the news.

Dolly Parton shared a video tribute on Twitter to her “singing partner.”

“I know that we all know that Kenny is in a better place than we are today and I’m pretty sure that he’s going to be talking to God sometime today… and he’s going to be asking him to spread some light on a bunch of this darkness,” Parton said in her video. “I loved Kenny with all my heart. My heart’s broken. A big ol’ chunk of it has gone with him today.”

Parton then got emotional as she held up a photo of her and Rogers.

“God bless you Kenny, fly high straight into the arms of God,” Parton said. “To the rest of you, keep the faith.”

Blake Shelton remembered Rogers as always being a “kind and fun” person.

“I can’t express on Twitter the impact Kenny Rogers the artist and the man had on me. He was always very kind and fun to be around. Rest In Peace Gambler…,” the “Austin” artist wrote.

Piers Morgan shared a photo of the Houston-born performer, to express his sadness. “RIP Kenny Rogers, 81. What incredibly sad news. One of the all-time great country music stars & an utterly charming man,” Morgan wrote.

Stand-up comedian Patton Oswalt shared his favorite memory of Rogers on Twitter.

“I was on an episode of ‘Reno 911!’ where I played a crazed stalker who shoots Kenny Rogers,” Oswalt wrote. “The cast loved him, he told great stories, and was a joy to be around. And “The Gambler” is a truly great song. #RIPKennyRogers.”

Larry the Cable Guy took to Twitter to thank Rogers for his contributions to the music world. “Oh man Kenny Rogers just died,” he wrote. “RIP Gambler. Thanks for all the great music.”

Charlie Daniels also recognized the Rogers’ music as classics that will continue to make an impact in the world.

“Thank you Kenny Rogers for being a part of our lives for so long. Your songs are woven into the fabric of our memories, classics, that will live on in the musical heart of a world that will miss you so much. Rest in peace Gambler,” Daniels tweeted.

Others simply tweeted lyrics to Rogers’ hits including “Islands In The Stream” which he sang with Dolly Parton.

The Houston-born performer with the husky voice and silver beard sold tens of millions of records, won three Grammys and was the star of TV movies based on “The Gambler” and other songs, making him a superstar in the ‘70s and ’80s. Rogers thrived for some 60 years before retired from touring in 2017 at age 79. Despite his crossover success, he always preferred to be thought of as a country singer.

Morgan Hines, USA TODAY
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Kenneth Ray Rogers (August 21, 1938 – March 20, 2020) was an American singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur. He was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame. Though he was most successful with country audiences, Rogers charted more than 120 hit singles across various music genres, topped the country and pop album charts for more than 200 individual weeks in the United States alone, and sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

In the late 1950s, he started his recording career with jazz-singer Bobby Doyle, and joined the folk ensemble the New Christy Minstrels in 1961, playing double bass and bass guitar as well as singing. In 1967, he and several members of the New Christy Minstrels left to found the group the First Edition, with whom he scored his first major hit, “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)”, a psychedelic rock song which peaked at number five on the Billboard charts. As Rogers took an increased leadership role in the First Edition, and following the success of 1969’s “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town”, the band gradually changed styles to a more country feel. The band broke up in 1975–1976, and Kenny Rogers embarked on a long and successful solo career, which included several successful collaborations, including duets with singers Dolly Parton and Sheena Easton, and a songwriting partnership with Lionel Richie. His signature song, 1978’s “The Gambler”, was a cross-over hit that won him a Grammy Award in 1980 and was selected in 2018 for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress. He would develop the Gambler persona into a character for a successful series of television films starting with 1980’s Emmy-nominated Kenny Rogers as The Gambler.

Two of his albums, The Gambler and Kenny, were featured in the About.com poll of “The 200 Most Influential Country Albums Ever”. He was voted the “Favorite Singer of All Time” in a 1986 joint poll by readers of both USA Today and People. He has received numerous awards such as the AMAs, Grammys, ACMs and CMAs, as well as a lifetime achievement award for a career spanning six decades in 2003. Later success included the 2006 album release, Water & Bridges, an across the board hit, that hit the Top 5 in the Billboard Country Albums sales charts, also charting in the Top 15 of the Billboard 200. The first single from the album, “I Can’t Unlove You”, was also a sizable chart hit. Remaining a popular entertainer around the world, he continued to tour regularly until his retirement in 2017.

He acted in a variety of movies and television shows, most notably the title roles in Kenny Rogers as The Gambler and the MacShayne series for The NBC Mystery Movie, and the 1982 feature film Six Pack. He was a co-founder of the restaurant chain Kenny Rogers Roasters in collaboration with former Kentucky Fried Chicken CEO John Y. Brown Jr.. Although the stores closed in the United States, they are still a fixture in Asia.

 

Thursday 12am ET: Feature LP: Kenny Rogers – 42 Ultimate Hits (2004)

42 Ultimate Hits is a compilation album by American country music artist Kenny Rogers. It was released in 2004 via Capitol Nashville. The album peaked at number 6 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. It includes 40 previously released songs by Rogers, five of which he recorded as Kenny Rogers and the First Edition, plus two new tracks: “My World Is Over” and “We Are the Same”.

The compilation was produced by Tom Becci and Jim Mazza, with various original producers on the previously released material. “My World Is Over” was produced by Keith Stegall, and “We Are the Same” by Brent Maher.

1. “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” 3:22
2. “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town” 2:58
3. “Reuben James” 2:49
4. “Something’s Burning” 3:59
5. “Tell It All Brother” 3:23
6. “Love Lifted Me” 3:45
7. “Lucille” 3:37
8. “Daytime Friends” 3:11
9. “Sweet Music Man” 4:20
10. “Every Time Two Fools Collide” (with Dottie West) 3:02
11. “Love or Something Like It” 2:54
12. “Anyone Who Isn’t Me Tonight” (with Dottie West) 2:23
13. “The Gambler” 3:35
14. “All I Ever Need Is You” (with Dottie West) 3:09
15. “She Believes in Me” 4:15
16. “‘Til I Can Make It on My Own” (with Dottie West) 3:20
17. “You Decorated My Life” 3:41
18. “Coward of the County” 4:22
19. “Don’t Fall in Love with a Dreamer” (with Kim Carnes) 3:42
20. “Love the World Away” 3:13
21. “Lady” 3:54

1. “What Are We Doin’ in Love” (with Dottie West) 3:04
2. “I Don’t Need You” 3:30
3. “Share Your Love with Me” 3:20
4. “Blaze of Glory” 2:40
5. “Through the Years” 4:24
6. “Love Will Turn You Around” 3:40
7. “A Love Song” 3:18
8. “We’ve Got Tonight” (with Sheena Easton) 3:52
9. “Scarlet Fever” 3:56
10. “Islands in the Stream” (with Dolly Parton) 4:13
11. “Buried Treasure” 4:13
12. “Crazy” 3:45
13. “Morning Desire” 4:11
14. “Make No Mistake, She’s Mine” (with Ronnie Milsap) 4:00
15. “Twenty Years Ago” 3:47
16. “The Vows Go Unbroken (Always True to You)” 3:33
17. “The Greatest” 3:14
18. “Buy Me a Rose” (with Alison Krauss and Billy Dean) 3:50
19. “It’s a Beautiful Life” 3:15
20. “My World Is Over” (with Whitney Duncan) 3:47
21. “We Are the Same” 4:30

Tuesday 2pm: Sounds of The 80’s

This week on Sounds of The 80’s:  Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Murphy, Kenny Rogers, Dire Straits, Robert John, Prince, Ramones, Air Supply, Steely Dan, America, Boston, Elton John, Poison, Stevie Nicks, Queen, Men At Work and many many more .. . 

Wednesday 7pm: Great Soul Performances 2: The 80’s with Bobby Jay

gsp2“Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” comes your way later on with these artists on the playlist: Rufus & Chaka Khan, Tierra, Marvin Gaye, the Four Tops with Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, Kenny Rogers, Kool & the Gang, Kenny Loggins, U.S.A. For Africa, New Edition, Sister Sledge and many others. Join me at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT, and 4PM PT. We’ll have a good time with a lot of fantastic artists and music later this evening on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” at the home of the hits, RadioMaxMusic.Com.

Great Soul Performances II The 80s with Bobby Jay 7pm ET

gsp2Coming up on “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” this evening on RadioMaxMusic.Com, you’ll hear from: Grandmaster Flash, Barry & Glodean White, Marvin Gaye, Shalamar, Gladys Knight, Kenny Loggins, Patti LaBelle, Rufus with Chaka Khan, George Benson, the Gap Band, Kenny Rogers and a host of others. It starts at 7PM ET, 6PM CT, 5PM MT & 4PM PT. Don’t forget you can catch it again until next Wednesday by going to: http://radiomaxmusic.com/gsp2listen.html. It’s all good when you tune in to “Great Soul Performances 2: The 80s” here on “Hump Day.” See Ya Later ‘Gator!

Feature Artist: Kenny Rogers (Singles) 6pm ET @_KennyRogers

Kenny RogersKenneth Ray “Kenny” Rogers (born August 21, 1938) is an American singer-songwriter and record producer. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Though he has been most successful with country audiences, he has charted more than 120 hit singles across various music genres, topped the country and pop album charts for more than 200 individual weeks in the United States alone and has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

Two of his albums, The Gambler and Kenny, are featured in the About.com poll of “The 200 Most Influential Country Albums Ever”. He was voted the “Favorite Singer of All-Time” in a 1986 joint poll by readers of both USA Today and People. He has received numerous such awards as the AMAs, Grammys, ACMs and CMAs, as well as a lifetime achievement award for a career spanning six decades in 2003.

Later success includes the 2006 album release, Water & Bridges, an across the board hit, that hit the Top 5 in the Billboard Country Albums sales charts, also charting in the Top 15 of the Billboard 200. The first single from the album, “I Can’t Unlove You,” was also a sizable chart hit. Remaining a popular entertainer around the world, the following year he completed a tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland, telling BBC Radio 2 DJ Steve Wright his favourite hit was “The Gambler”. He has also acted in a variety of movies and television shows, most notably the title roles in Kenny Rogers as The Gambler and the MacShayne series as well as his appearance on The Muppet Show. – Wikipedia

Artist Countdown: Kim Carnes Top 30 Hits – 1pm ET @kim_carnes

Kim CarnesKim Carnes (born July 20, 1945) is an American singer-songwriter. Born in Los Angeles, California, Carnes now resides in Nashville, Tennessee, where she continues to write music. She began her career as a songwriter 1960s writing for other artists whilst performing in local pubs and working as a session musician. She signed with Amos Records and released her debut album Rest on Me in 1972. Her 1980 duet with Kenny Rogers, “Don’t Fall in Love with a Dreamer”, has been described as her “big break.” Success followed with her first top-ten hit, a cover version of “More Love”, in 1980. Following this, her single “Bette Davis Eyes” became the biggest U.S. hit of the year in 1981, and won her a Grammy Award for Record of the Year.

As a songwriter, Carnes also co-wrote the number one hit “The Heart Won’t Lie” with Donna Weiss, recorded by Reba McEntire and Vince Gill. She also composed “I’ll Be Here Where the Heart Is” for the 1983 film Flashdance, which won Carnes her second Grammy Award. Following the release of 1988’s View from the House, Carnes began to concentrate more on her songwriting career. Her distinctive raspy vocal style has drawn comparisons to Rod Stewart. – Wikipedia

1 Bette Davis Eyes
2 Don’t Fall in Love with a Dreamer (with Kenny Rogers)
3 What About Me (Kenny Rogers (w/ James Ingram & Kim Carnes))
4 More Love
5 Voyeur
6 Crazy in the Night (Barking at Airplanes)
7 Draw of the Cards
8 You’re a Part of Me (with Gene Cotton)
9 Make No Mistake, He’s Mine (with Barbra Streisand)
10 Crazy in Love
11 I Pretend
12 Invitation to Dance
13 Does It Make You Remember
14 Invisible Hands
15 The Universal Song
16 Cry Like a Baby
17 You Make My Heart Beat Faster (And That’s All That Matters)
18 It Hurts So Bad
19 Mistaken Identity
20 Abadabadango
21 Speed of the Sound of Loneliness
22 Divided Hearts
23 I’d Lie to You for Your Love
24 Gypsy Honeymoon
25 Don’t Cry Now
26 Heartbreak Hotel (with Neil Diamond)
27 Oliver (Voice On The Radio)
28 Don’t Pick Up The Phone
29 Break The Rules Tonight (Out Of School)
30 Don’t Call It Love