Kenny Rogers, renowned pop, rock and country legend, passed away on Friday night at the age of 81.


Very sad news about a country music icon. One of the most recognizable faces of the genre for decades. His hits included “Lucille,” “Lady,” and “The Gambler,”
He dominated the pop and country charts in the 1970s and 1980s with a string of sleekly tailored hits and won three Grammys,


Rogers parlayed his music success into a successful side career as an actor. His 1978 country chart-topper “The Gambler” spawned five popular TV movies, while some of his other hits also inspired small-screen features.

Rogers was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013 and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Country Music Association the same year.

Born and raised in Houston, he was the fourth of eight children in a poor family. He took to the guitar as an adolescent, and would sometimes perform with another aspiring local musician and future star, Mickey Gilley.

His early professional career was stylistically eclectic. While in high school, he formed a rockabilly group, the Scholars, who recorded for Carlton Records, a local label. After a brief stint at the University of Houston, he played bass with the jazz groups of Bobby Doyle and Kirby Stone.

Family confirmed his official on twitter

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