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Country Star Kenny Rogers Dies at 81 — Celebrity Deaths 2020 – Parade

The Gambler breaks even. Kenny Rogers, the country music icon who dominated country and pop charts in the 1970s and ’80s, died Friday, March 20 at his home in Sandy Springs, Georgia. He was 81.

According to a statement posted by his family on social media, he died “peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family.”

The three-time Grammys winner is known for songs “Lady,” “The Gambler,” “Islands in the Stream,” “She Believes in Me” “Lucille”and many others that have long been pop culture staples.

In 2017, he was presented with the SESAC Legacy Award for his countless contributions to the music and entertainment world. The star-studded ceremony in Nashville was just a couple of months before he called off the final dates of The Gambler’s Last Deal tour.

Related: Kenny Rogers’ All-Time Greatest Hits

Although it’s tough to pick a favorite, Parade asked several songwriters and singers to share their favorite all-time Kenny Rogers song—or what they love about the Gambler himself. Here’s what they had to say in 2017.

Kenny Rogers tributes

Lee Brice

“One song really influenced my career melodically and lyrically and by his singing—’Twenty Years Ago’. I was like 11 years old when I heard it and I started trying to write like that.”

Jim Lauderdale

“I go way back to ‘Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Is In)’. I am kind of stuck in the past so much recently. Those songs laid the foundation. That’s going back to Kenny’s roots.”

Ketch Secor (Old Crow Medicine Show)

“‘Love Will Turn You Around’ is my favorite. I love it because I heard it when I was 7 years old from the movie Six Pack. I grew up in a family that didn’t see a lot of films so that song was important to me.”

Trey Smith and Jennifer Fielder (Smithfield)

Trey: “We’re a duet so we have to say ‘Islands in the Stream.’”

Jennifer: “Trey was just Kenny and I was Dolly for Halloween and we sang ‘Islands in the Stream’ at the Grand Ole Opry. What I love about that song is it was a pop hit as well as a country hit. Trey and I are a blend of pop and country. We hope to be a crossover act someday as well.”

Jamie Floyd (Stranger Friends)

“I grew up on Kenny and Dolly’s duets Christmas record and his vocal on ‘Christmas Without You’ is one of my favorite moments he’s ever had on tape.”

Related: Kenny Rogers on the Power of Duets

Jimmie Allen

“The first thing that drew me to him was his look, his image. He had an image when not a lot of people had an image. He knew who he was lyrically and just the way he dressed. He has a lot of style.”

Kenny Roger’s Biggest Hits

Remember country music icon Kenny Rogers with a look back at some of his greatest hits through the years.

“Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” (1968)

“Lucille” (1977)

“Sweet Music Man” (1977)

“The Gambler”(1978)

“She Believes In Me” (1979)

“Lady” (1980)

“Love Will Turn You Around” (1982)

“Islands in the Stream” (1983)

“Twenty Years Ago” (1987)

“I Prefer the Moonlight” (1987)

Source: parade.com

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