The World is yet again in despair, mourning legendary American Country, Pop and soft rock singer Kenny Ray Rogers at a time a deadly Pandemic, Coronavirus is claiming many lives and rendering others no peace at all.
The Song writer, entrepreneur and actor born on August 21, 1938, died Friday at his home from natural causes. You might know him from some of his popular ballads like ‘Islands in the stream’, ‘coward of the county’, ‘If i ever fall in love again’, ‘Evening Star’, Love is strange’ featuring the iconic Dolly Parton and many others.
Kenny started off his music career way back in the 1950s and later on joined the Country Music Hall of Fame label.
At that time, though he was most successful with country audiences, Kenny charted more than 120 hit singles across various music genres, topped the country and pop album charts for more than 200 individual weeks in the United States alone, and sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.
His recording career sparked off with jazz-singer Bobby Doyle and later joined the folk ensemble the ‘New Christy Minstrels in 1961,’ playing double bass and bass guitar as well as singing. In 1967, he and several members of the New Christy Minstrels left and formed the group the First Edition.
The singer, who recorded over 65 albums and sold over 165 million records, has numerous accolades under his name including AMAs, Grammys, ACMs and CMAs, as well as a lifetime achievement award for a career spanning six decades in 2003 among many others.
He was also well known for his acting career; appearing in some of the incredible movies like ‘Christmas in America,’ ‘The Gambler series’ and ‘Six Pack’ among others.