Tag: Kenny Rogers

Thursday 3/3/22 7pm ET: Feature LP: Kenny Rogers – The Gambler (1978)

The Gambler is the sixth studio album by Kenny Rogers, released by United Artists in November 1978. One of his most popular, it has established Rogers’ status as one of the most successful artists of the 1970s and 1980s. The album reached many markets around the world, such as the Far East and Jamaica, with Rogers later commenting “When I go to Korea or Hong Kong people say ‘Ah, the gambler!'” (as per the sleeve notes to the 1998 released box set Through the Years on Capitol Records). The album has sold over 35 million copies.

The title track “The Gambler” was written by Don Schlitz, who was the first to record it. It was also covered by several other artists, but it was Kenny Rogers’ adaptation of the tale that went on to top the country charts and win a Song of the Year Grammy, later becoming Rogers’ signature song. Although Johnny Cash recorded the song first, Rogers’s version was released first. Both this song and “She Believes in Me” became pop music hits, helping Rogers become well-known beyond country music circles. Although largely compiled from songs by some of the music business’s top songwriters, such as Alex Harvey, Mickey Newbury, and Steve Gibb, Rogers continued to show his own talent for songwriting with “Morgana Jones”. The album was produced by Larry Butler.

Its popularity has led to many releases over the years. After United Artists was absorbed into EMI/Capitol in 1980, “The Gambler” was reissued on vinyl and cassette on the Liberty Records label. Several years later, Liberty issued an abridged version of the album, removing the track “Morgana Jones”. EMI Manhattan Records released “The Gambler” on CD in the 1980s. An ‘Original Master Recording’ from Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs was released on vinyl (audiophile edition vinyl). Finally, “The Gambler” was released on Rogers’ own Dreamcatcher Records in 2001 as part of the Kenny Rogers “Original Masters Series.”

In Britain, both the title cut and the album did very well in the country market, but both failed to reach the top 40 of the pop charts. In the 1980s the single of “The Gambler” was re-issued and made the top 100 sales list, but again charted outside the top 40. It wasn’t until the song was re-issued in 2007 when the song was adopted by the England Rugby Team at the Rugby World Cup that it charted at its #22 peak.

Additionally, “I Wish That I Could Hurt That Way Again” was later a single in 1986 for T. Graham Brown, whose version went to #3 on the country charts.

  1. “The Gambler” 3:34
  2. “I Wish That I Could Hurt That Way Again” 2:55
  3. “The King of Oak Street” 4:55
  4. “Making Music for Money” 3:10
  5. “The Hoodooin’ of Miss Fannie Deberry” 4:44
  6. “She Believes in Me” 4:18
  7. “Tennessee Bottle” 3:59
  8. “Sleep Tight, Goodnight Man” 2:52
  9. “A Little More Like Me (The Crucifixion)” 2:47
  10. “San Francisco Mabel Joy” 3:36
  11. “Morgana Jones” 3:03

Kenny Rogers – lead vocals
Thomas Cain – keyboards
Steve Glassmeyer – keyboards, soprano saxophone, backing vocals
Gene Golden – keyboards, backing vocals
Hargus “Pig” Robbins – keyboards
Edgar Struble – ARP synthesizer, clavinet, congas, backing vocals
Jimmy Capps – guitars
Randy Dorman – guitars, backing vocals
Ray Edenton – guitars
Rick Harper – guitars

Billy Sanford – guitars
Jerry Shook – guitars
Tony Joe White – guitars
Reggie Young – guitars
Pete Drake – steel guitar
Tommy Allsup – six-string bass guitar
Bob Moore – upright bass
Dennis Wilson – upright bass
Eddy Anderson – drums, percussion

Jerry Carrigan – drums, percussion
Bobby Daniels – drums, percussion, backing vocals
Byron Metcalf – drums, percussion
Bill Justis – string arrangements
Byron Bach – strings
George Brinkley – strings
Marvin Chantry – strings
Roy Christensen – strings

Carl Gorodetzky – strings
Lennie Haight – strings
Sheldon Kurland – strings
Steven Smith – strings
Gary Vanosdale – strings
Pamela Vanosdale – strings
Dottie West – backing vocal (1)
The Jordanaires – backing vocals
Bill Medley – backing vocals (5)
Mickey Newbury – backing vocals

Wednesday 1/5/22 8pm ET: RadioMaxMusic Special: The Music of 1981 (by title) A to Z – Part 2

This RadioMax special features our Library of music from 1981 A2Z.

We continue with letter A and move into B. We feature music from: Oak Ridge Boys, Iggy Pop, Jim Steinman, Kinks, Sugarhill Gang, Mitch Ryder, Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Joe Jackson, Devo, Kenny Rogers, AC/DC, Smokey Robinson, Spider, April Wine and many more. . .

8pm to 12am ET

Monday 6/14/21 2pm ET: Sounds of The 70’s

The best music from 1970 – 1979 featuring tunes from: Raspberries, Elton John, Cheap Trick, Dave Mason, Van Halen, Billy Joel, Jackson 5, Jefferson Airplane, Kinks, Joe Hinton and more . . .

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 .. . 

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

Artist Countdown: Kenny Rogers Top 25 Hits 6pm ET @_KennyRogers

Kenneth Donald “Kenny” Rogers (born 21 August 1938) is an American singer-songwriter, photographer, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur. Though he has been most successful with country audiences, he has charted more than 120 hit singles across various music genres and topping the country and pop album charts for more than 200 individual weeks in the United States alone.

1 Lucille
2 Coward of the County
3 Islands in the Stream w/ Dolly Parton
4 Lady
5 We’ve Got Tonight w/ Sheena Easton
6 The Gambler
7 She Believes in Me
8 I Don’t Need You
9 Don’t Fall in Love with a Dreamer w/ Kim Carnes
10 You Decorated My Life
11 Love Will Turn You Around
12 Daytime Friends
13 The Greatest
14 Love or Something Like It
15 Sweet Music Man
16 The Last Ten Years (Superman)
17 I Can’t Unlove You
18 Through the Years
19 Twenty Years Ago
20 Morning Desire
21 Crazy
22 All My Life
23 Real Love w/ Dolly Parton
24 Scarlet Fever
25 Buried Treasure

 

Artist Countdown: Lionel Richie Top 40 Hits 6pm ET @radiomax @LionelRichie

lRichieLionel Brockman Richie, Jr. (born June 20, 1949) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer and actor. From 1968, he was a member of the musical group Commodores signed to Motown Records. Richie made his solo debut in 1982 with the album Lionel Richie and number-one hit “Truly”.

Richie was raised in Tuskegee, Alabama, the son of Alberta R. (Foster) and Lionel Brockman Richie. Richie grew up on the campus of Tuskegee Institute. His grandfather’s house was across the street from the home of the president of the college. His family moved to Joliet, Illinois, where he graduated from Joliet Township High School, East Campus. A star tennis player in Joliet, he accepted a tennis scholarship to attend Tuskegee Institute, and graduated with a major in economics. After receiving his undergraduate degree from Tuskegee, Richie briefly attended graduate school at Auburn University. He is a member of Kappa Kappa Psi and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

As a student in Tuskegee, Richie formed a succession of R&B groups in the mid-1960s. In 1968 he became a singer and saxophonist with the Commodores. They signed a recording contract with Atlantic Records in 1968 for one record before moving on to Motown Records initially as a support act to The Jackson 5. The Commodores then became established as a popular soul group. Their first several albums had a danceable, funky sound, as in such tracks as “Machine Gun” and “Brick House.” Over time, Richie wrote and sang more romantic, easy-listening ballads such as “Easy,” “Three Times a Lady,” “Still,” and the tragic breakup ballad “Sail On.”

By the late 1970s he had begun to accept songwriting commissions from other artists. He composed “Lady” for Kenny Rogers, which hit #1 in 1980, and produced Rogers’s album Share Your Love the following year. Richie and Rogers maintained a strong friendship in later years. Latin jazz composer and salsa romantica pioneer La Palabra enjoyed international success with his cover of “Lady,” which was played at Latin dance clubs. Also in 1981 Richie sang the theme song for the film Endless Love, a duet with Diana Ross. Issued as a single, the song topped the UK, Canada, Brazil, Australia, Japan, New Zealand and US pop music charts, and became one of Motown’s biggest hits (in the US it sold 2 million copies and became a platinum single record).[citation needed] Its success encouraged Richie to branch out into a full-fledged solo career in 1982. He was replaced as lead singer for The Commodores by Skyler Jett in 1983. His debut album, Lionel Richie, produced another chart-topping single, “Truly,” which continued the style of his ballads with the Commodores. (Source: Wikipedia)

1 All Night Long (All Night)
2 Say You, Say Me
3 Hello
4 Stuck on You
5 Dancing on the Ceiling
6 Running with the Night
7 Endless Love (with Diana Ross)
8 Do It to Me
9 Penny Lover
10 Ballerina Girl
11 You Are
12 Don’t Wanna Lose You
13 Se La
14 Truly
15 Angel
16 I Call It Love
17 Love Will Conquer All
18 Just for You
19 My Destiny
20 My Love
21 Just Go
22 Deep River Woman (with Alabama)
23 Love, Oh Love
24 Long Long Way to Go
25 Ordinary Girl
26 Don’t Stop the Music
27 To Love a Woman (with Enrique Iglesias)
28 Still in Love
29 Closest Thing to Heaven
30 Face in the Crowd (with Trijntje Oosterhuis)
31 All Around the World
32 Time
33 Endless Love (with Shania Twain)
34 Tender Heart
35 I Forgot
36 Cinderella
37 Climbing
38 What You Are
39 Deep River Woman (with Little Big Town)
40 I Still Believe