Audiences were first introduced to Kenny Rogers when he performed with the First Edition on the hit songs "Reuben James" and "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town."
The Houston, Texas, native embarked on a solo career in 1976, and, with his signature gravelly vocal adornment, he crafted one of country music's most amazing careers.
United Artists signed Rogers in 1975 and released "Love Lifted Me" as his debut single. A year later, a song titled "Lucille" changed everything for the singer. It was not only a country hit but also a huge pop sensation. "Daytime Friends," "Sweet Music Man," and "Love or Something Like It" followed. His next hit, "The Gambler," became one of country music's most iconic songs. Rogers starred in four made-for-television movies based on the hit song. Rogers continued to stretch his acting muscles with 1982's Six Pack and a movie based on another one of his hit songs, "Coward of the County."
He released five consecutive No. 1 songs from 1978 to 1980-"Love or Something Like It," "The Gambler," "She Believes in Me," "You Decorated My Life" and "Coward of the County." No longer gambling on a solo career, Rogers was paired with Dottie West in what would become one of country music's most popular duets. Together, the duo reached the top of the charts with 1979's "Every Time Two Fools Collide," 1979's "All I Ever Need Is You," and 1981's "What Are We Doin' in Love." Future duet partners included Kim Carnes on "Don't Fall in Love with a Dreamer," Sheena Easton on "We've Got Tonight," Dolly Parton on "Islands in the Stream" and Ronnie Milsap on "Make No Mistake, She's Mine."
Roger's occupied the top of the pop charts with his recording of the Lionel Richie song "Lady." In the 1980s, he upped the ante on his solo career, adding the hits "Crazy" (1984), "Real Love" (1985), "Morning Desire" (1985) and "Tomb of the Unknown Love" (1986).
In 1999, after forming his own record company, Dreamcatcher Entertainment, Rogers returned to the charts in a big way with the hit, "The Greatest," and when the follow-up, "Buy Me a Rose," hit No. 1 in 2000, Rogers, at age 61, became the oldest artist in chart history to have a No. 1 solo record in any format, proving his talent was just as vibrant and meaningful as it was when he first started out. That same year, the Recording Industry Association of America awarded Kenny the prestigious Diamond Award celebrating sales of more than 10 million albums for his Greatest Hits album (sales to date have exceeded 24 million).
With his unique storytelling ability and soulful voice, Rogers has continued his amazing run into the 21st century with a critically acclaimed album (Water and Bridges) and hit single, “I Can't Unlove You,” a gold certified record (21 Number Ones), and now, the sweetly timeless The Love of God.
The Love of God