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Singer Kenny Rogers dies

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 3/21/20, 12:41 pm

Storytelling vocalist Kenny Rogers, who left footprints on country, folk, jazz, and pop music during his decade-spanning career, died Friday night of natural causes. He was 81.

What were his greatest hits? “The Gambler,” “Lucille,” “Lady,” and “Islands in the Stream”—his timeless duet with Dolly Parton—found enduring places in the American songbook. Rogers sold more than 47 million records in the United States alone, according to the Recording Industry Association of America. In 2011, he released The Love of God, an album of Christian hymns, praise songs, and original music that reflected a personal faith. “But the love I found is compelling me / to serve Him from a heart that’s been redeemed,” he sang on the title track.

Dig deeper: Listen to Rogers’ song “For the Love of God.”

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital's managing editor. She is a graduate of World Journalism Institute, the Missouri School of Journalism, and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Lynde resides with her family in Wichita, Kansas. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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    Posted: Sat, 03/21/2020 06:20 pm

    Thank you for the link to such a timely -- and timeless -- message in song.

    Posted: Sat, 03/21/2020 07:12 pm

    Amazing career. He was able to sense the changes in popular music preferences and similarly "reinvent" the genre of music he gave us. Among old school country music purists he was derided for being a cross-over success. Which he was. But as much as formulaic "popified" country songs are panned folks need to realize that it is through them that others gain an exposure to the historic roots of modern country. 

    The Gambler may have only broke even but because of him we listeners walked away winners! 


  • T Williams
    Posted: Sun, 03/22/2020 12:13 am

    I loved "The Greatest".