Roots Magazine Newsletter
Kenny Rogers was "The Gambler",
and Country Music's Icon
Legendary country music star, Kenny Rogers died on March 20, 2020 at age 81. He left the world with a legacy that spanned more than six decades, and forever impacted the world of country music. But, he was more than a country music star – he was a film star, best selling author, and a producer. He has worked with the likes of Lionel Richie and had a long-standing friendship with Dolly Parton. As well as being one of the most successful country music artists of all time, he may be one of the best selling artists in general and was even inducted into the County Music Hall of Fame in 2014.
Rogers was a part of the super group ‘USA for Africa’ performing and recording “We Are the World,” which raised millions of dollars to bring food, medicine, and infrastructure to Africa in 1985. This group was composed of many famous artists from Stevie Wonder, to Cindi Lauper. In 2010, the group came back together and raised money to aid Haiti after the earthquake, and Lionel Richie – one of the producers, has even said he wants to release yet another version to help bring relief for the world during Covid-19.
He started his career in the 50’s and quickly proved that he would leave a lasting mark on the world. He has earned three Grammys, had 21 singles at the number 1 spot in the charts, and has sold over 120 million records making him one of the Top Ten Best Selling Male Solo Artists of All Time.