Kenneth Ray Rogers (born 1938) was born on August 21, 1938 in Houston, Texas, the middle child in a family of seven children.
As a teenager, “Kenny” joined The Bobby Doyle Trio and was a member of the New Christy Minstrels before creating the First Edition in the 60’s. Their “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" peaked in the top five of the Hit Parade in 1968. “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town” struck gold a year later, with “Ruben James,” “Something’s Burning” and “Tell It All Brother” also successful.
As a solo artist, in 1977 Kenny Rogers began his career anew with the million-selling chart topper, “Lucille”, followed a year later by “The Gambler.” In 1979 he dominated the pop and country music charts with top ten hits, “She Believes In Me,” “You Decorated My Life” and “Coward of the County.”
Teaming with Kim Carnes for a top five hit, “Don’t Fall In Love With A Dreamer” in 1980, Kenny also hit #1 with his solo chart topper “Lady.” Dottie West joined Kenny for “What We Doin’ In Love” in 1981, as Kenny’s solo “I Don’t Need You” was certified gold with “Through the Years” following.
In 1983 Sheena Easton joined Kenny for the million-seller, “We’ve Got Tonight.” Dolly Parton and Kenny’s “Island In The Stream” topped both pop and country charts in 1983, staying on the Hit Parade for more than two dozen weeks.
Georgia resident, Kenny Rogers, singer, songwriter, producer and actor has won numerous awards and Grammys and continues to record and appear worldwide.
Kenny Rogers is a 2008 nominee at the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.