History Music / KennyRogers

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)".
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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".
8th Jan '16 11:16:05 AM Twentington
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* AdvertisedExtra: Although Music/{{Alison Krauss|And Union Station}} and Billy Dean are credited as featured artists on "Buy Me a Rose", their contributions are merely backing vocals that may not be all that easy to pick out (except when Dean echoes the line "rest of your life" on the last chorus).
4th Jan '16 4:41:48 AM Folamh3
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* WeddingRingRemoval: "Lucille" is about a wife and mother who'd given up on her marriage. Its first two lines are:
-->In a bar in Toledo across from the depot,
-->On a barstool, she took off her ring.
3rd Jan '16 4:16:15 PM morenohijazo
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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.
9th Nov '15 5:16:05 PM IlGreven
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* 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!"
14th Mar '15 4:31:15 PM Twentington
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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 withMusic/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" 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" "Lady", and "Islands in the Stream", a duet withMusic/DollyParton.with Music/DollyParton. The last two have the distinction of being among the only songs to top the country, pop, and AC charts.



* Usefulnotes/TheVietnamWar: ''Ruby'', although actually about the return home of a disabled Korean War vet, was widely interpreted as being about a Vietnam Vet because it was a hit during that war.


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* TakeThat: A debatable example in "Coward of the County". The antagonists are named the "Gatlin boys", which many have seen as a reference to Larry Gatlin and the Gatlin Brothers (the group best known for "All the Gold in California"). However, one of the writers denied that this was the case, and Larry himself enjoyed the song.
4th Jan '15 10:23:36 PM YankeeDave
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** "Coward of the County" spawned one as well.



* Usefulnotes/TheVietnamWar: ''Ruby'', about the return home of a disabled Vietnam vet.

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* Usefulnotes/TheVietnamWar: ''Ruby'', although actually about the return home of a disabled Korean War vet, was widely interpreted as being about a Vietnam vet.Vet because it was a hit during that war.
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