History Music / KennyRogers

28th Nov '17 9:20:42 AM dlchen145
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A very prominent CountryMusic singer known for his string of crossover pop ballads. Kenneth Donald "Kenny" Rogers (born 1938) got his start in the 1960s folk group The New Christy Minstrels. By 1967, he was part of the rock group The First Edition, which had major pop hits with "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" and "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town". Rogers broke off in 1975 to start his own career, launching it with a cover of the gospel standard "Love Lifted Me". It wasn't until two years later that he broke through, sending a string of singles to the top of the charts and achieving consistent pop and adult contemporary airplay for each. Among his hits in the late 1970s and early 1980s were "Lucille", "The Gambler", "She Believes in Me", "Coward of the County", "Lady", and "Islands in the Stream", a duet with Music/DollyParton. The last two have the distinction of being among the only songs to top the country, pop, and AC charts.

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A very prominent CountryMusic singer known for his string of crossover pop ballads. Kenneth Donald "Kenny" Ray Rogers (born August 21, 1938) got his start in the 1960s folk group The New Christy Minstrels. By 1967, he was part of the rock group The First Edition, which had major pop hits with "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" and "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town". Rogers broke off in 1975 to start his own career, launching it with a cover of the gospel standard "Love Lifted Me". It wasn't until two years later that he broke through, sending a string of singles to the top of the charts and achieving consistent pop and adult contemporary airplay for each. Among his hits in the late 1970s and early 1980s were "Lucille", "The Gambler", "She Believes in Me", "Coward of the County", "Lady", and "Islands in the Stream", a duet with Music/DollyParton. The last two have the distinction of being among the only songs to top the country, pop, and AC charts.
25th Nov '17 1:27:15 PM Twentington
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* BadassBeard: Always part of his look.
25th Nov '17 1:20:46 PM Twentington
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** "Lucille" goes from A to B-flat at the second verse.
25th Nov '17 1:18:53 PM Twentington
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* LyricalColdOpen: "Sweet Music Man". Most covers omit the opener.



* NarratorAllAlong:"Buy Me A Rose". The song is about a man who doesn't pay enough attention to his wife. It's set in third person until the last verse, when it changes to first person for TheReveal.

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* NarratorAllAlong:"Buy Me A a Rose". The song is about a man who doesn't pay enough attention to his wife. It's set in third person until the last verse, when it changes to first person for TheReveal.



* ThePollyanna: The kid in "The Greatest". Tosses up a ball three times, and tries to hit it, and fails all three times. His response? "Even I didn't know I could pitch that good!"

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* ThePollyanna: The kid in "The Greatest". Tosses Greatest" tosses up a ball three times, and tries to hit it, and fails all three times. His response? "Even I didn't know I could pitch that good!"


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** "Coward of the County" goes by half-steps, from C to C-sharp to D.
** "The Gambler" shifts up from D to E halfway through.
** "Islands in the Stream" shifts ''down'' from C to A-flat for Music/DollyParton's verse.
** "He Will, She Knows" goes from D to E at the chorus, then back down. The last chorus goes up even further to F-sharp.
7th Nov '17 7:40:08 PM NWolfman
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* AwardBaitSong: "Love Will Turn You Around," the theme to his star vehicle ''Six Pack.''
25th Oct '17 9:55:37 AM Twentington
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* BreakupBreakout: From The First Edition.
16th Sep '17 2:01:29 PM Twentington
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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Most of the First Edition's material was more psychedelic rock, most notably "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)".
** Kenny also played bass guitar in the band; he started as a jazz upright bassist before switching to electric in the Fifth Edition.

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* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Most of the First Edition's material was more psychedelic rock, most notably "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)".
**
In)". Kenny also played bass guitar in the band; he started as a jazz upright bassist before switching to electric in the Fifth Edition.Edition.
* FakeShemp: He did his retirement tour in 2017 with longtime friend Linda Davis (best known for her duet vocals on Music/RebaMcEntire's "Does He Love You", and as the mother of Music/LadyAntebellum's Hillary Scott) singing the female vocals on "We've Got Tonight", "Islands in the Stream", and "Anyone Who Isn't Me Tonight" (which originally featured Sheena Easton, Music/DollyParton, and Dottie West respectively). He also sang "All I Ever Need Is You" with archival video footage of Dottie West, who died in 1991.
6th May '17 6:19:29 PM Twentington
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* BSide: "Buried Treasure", the B-side of "This Woman", made #3 on the country charts in 1984. The A-side did not make the country charts, but got to #23 pop and #2 AC.
6th May '16 4:48:28 PM IlGreven
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* YourCheatingHeart: "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town".
6th May '16 4:45:40 PM IlGreven
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* PassedInTheirSleep: In "The Gambler," the titular character informs the narrator that the best a gambler can hope for is to die in his sleep before slipping away himself.

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* PassedInTheirSleep: In "The Gambler," the titular character informs the narrator that the best a gambler can hope for is to die in his sleep before slipping away himself.himself, or as the singer put it, "The Gambler, he broke even".
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