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1) Kenny Rogers was known as one of the great storytellers in country music. The gravelly voice was the narrator for such story songs as "The Greatest," "Tomb of the Unknown Love" and "The Factory."
2) Rogers grew up poor, born in 1938, living with his parents and six siblings in a federal housing project. By high school, he knew that he wanted to pursue a music career. He bought himself a guitar.
3) Before Rogers became a sensation in the country music industry, he was a stand-up bassist for a jazz group called The Bobby Doyle Trio.
4) Moving on to a folk-pop style, Rogers was asked to join the New Christy Minstrels in 1966. In 1974, Rogers left the group to go solo again and decided to focus his energy on country music.
5) "Love Lifted Me" became his first solo top 20 country hit in 1975. Two years later, Rogers reached the top of the country charts with the mournful ballad "Lucille".
6) Quickly following up on this success, Rogers released The Gambler in 1978. The title track was again a huge country and pop hit and gave Rogers his second Grammy. He died on 21 of March 2020.
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After working with bands and as a solo artist, Kenny Rogers released The Gambler in 1978. The title track became a huge country and pop hit and gave Rogers his second Grammy Award. Rogers also recorded a series of hits with country legend Dottie West and scored a big No. 1 tune, "Islands in the Stream," with Dolly Parton. Rogers also published several books, including a 2012 autobiography.