He was an icon that helped bring in a whole new audience to country music and he forever changed the game for all of us. "But that was never my issue".
The star was then married to Jean Rogers from 1960-1963, they did not have any kids.
Shortly after the news broke, tributes began pouring in for Rogers, who was born in Houston, and grew up on a federal housing estate. "Absolutely. I'll miss the faces of the people that are out there and the laughs and smiles but not as much as I would miss my boys", Rogers said. "So you be safe with God and just know that I will always love you, dolly".
I'm so sad to see Kenny Rogers go. The songs most know came after.
Watch Kenny Rogers' iconic hit "The Gambler" above via Vevo. By 1980 and 1981, respectively, Kenny had starred in made-for-TV movies based on both of them.
His other hits included "You Decorated My Life", "Every Time Two Fools Collide", "Don't Fall In Love with a Dreamer" and "Coward of the County".
Rogers had famously collaborated with rhythm-and-blues legend Lionel Richie as producer on Lady (1980), which had the distinctive feat of charting on Billboard magazine's country, Hot 100, adult contemporary, and Top Soul Singles charts all at once. Nowadays they're not doing country songs at all.
Rogers also recalled that he tried acid and said the effects made him happy, sad and insane - but it was a one-time thing.
"I've never considered myself a great singer, but I do have a certain way as a storyteller", he told the Irish Examiner in 2013. And in Person in Los Angeles in 1983.
Toward the end of her reaction, she held up a picture of herself and Rogers. "And you and Kenny together were pure magic".
The special would have shone the light on an all-star salute Rogers got on October 25, 2017, in Nashville.
Along with his music career, he started as an actor. My sister Tera worked at Kenny Rogers Roasters as a teen.
He was also involved in numerous charitable causes, among them the Red Cross and MusicCares, and was part of the all-star We are the World recording for starvation relief.
Although by the 1990s his chart hits had faded, he still remained a popular live entertainer with regular touring.
The Texan, born Kenneth Ray Rogers August 21, 1938 in Houston, is one of the rare entertainers to emerge from the country world and go on to global stardom, enjoying #1 pop hits and becoming known as an actor, entrepreneur and photographer. Not only that, the song served as the theme song for the broadcast of that year's WSOP Main Event on CBS.
According to Variety due to the national COVID-19 emergency, the family is planning a small private service at this time with a public memorial planned for a later date.