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Farewell To The Gambler

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Singer, songwriter, actor and entrepreneur Kenny Rogers died on the 20th of March.

Kenny had a minor hit in 1957 called That Crazy Feeling.

He was then part of a jazz band called The Bobby Doyle Three before he joined The New Christy Minstrels in '66.

In '67 he formed the country pop band The First Edition.

After a number of hits over 8 years, they broke up in '76 and Kenny launched a solo career.

A year later he had his first solo hit Lucille, which hit Number One in a dozen countries.

This started a run of great country flavoured pop hits in the 70's like Coward of The County, She Believes In Me and of course The Gambler.

His first hit in the new decade was a duet with Kim Carnes, Don't Fall In Love With A Dreamer, which just missed the top spot.

His recording of the Lionel Richie song Lady came out in the same year and it topped the charts in America.

1983 was his most successful year with the smash hits Islands In The Stream, a duet with Dolly Parton written by The Bee Gees, and We've Got Tonight, a cover of the Bob Segar song recorded with Sheena Easton.

Some of his other hits in the 80's include Crazy, This Woman, The Factory and What About Me with Kim Carnes and James Ingram.

In the 90's he mostly had country hits like If You Want To Find My Love, Buy Me A Rose and The Greatest.

In 1991 he started up the restaurant chain Kenny Rogers Roasters, selling chicken and ribs.

Kenny kept performing and releasing new music in the 21st century and in 2013 was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

In 2015 he announced his plan to retire and his last show was in 2017.

As an actor he appeared in two movies on the big screen and a number of tv shows and made for tv movies including 1980's Kenny Rogers As The Gambler.

With sales in excess of 100 million, he is one of the best selling artists of all time.

Kenny Rogers was 81 when he died.

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