Personalities | Kenny Rogers | Mainstream Country

(Vocals, b. 1938)

In the early 1960s Rogers joined The New Christy Minstrels, and formed The First Edition in 1968. The following year, the group became Kenny Rogers And The First Edition. Their worldwide hit, ‘Ruby Don’t Take Your Love To Town’, was written by Mel Tillis. In 1973, Rogers went solo, and 1977 brought the million-selling ‘Lucille’, which topped the UK pop chart and was the first of his 20 country chart-toppers. These included seven duets, the first three with Dottie West (the pair were CMA Duo Of The Year in 1978 and 1979). His 1983 duet with Dolly Parton, ‘Islands In The Stream’ topped the US pop chart, and made Rogers a superstar.

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Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Country Music, consultant editor Bob Allen


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