World Country Music Icon Kenny Rogers,81yrs Dies

Rogers invested his time and money in several projects including charity & other businesses

Country music icon Kenny Rogers passed away last night at 10:25PM at the age of 81yrs at his home in Sandy Springs, Georgia. The husky-voiced balladeer retired from touring in 2017 after a 60-year career spanning jazz, folk, country and pop. The singer and 52-year-old beauty are parents to 14-year-old identical twin sons, Jordan and Justin.  Also the father to three other children, Kenny revealed in 2014 that initially when he began dating Wanda, her parents did not approve. ‘They called me when we started dating and said, “We want you to know we didn’t appreciate what you’re doing with our daughter,” and I said, “First of all I don’t blame you. I don’t think I would either but I will make you a promise. I will never lie to her and I will never lie to you”. Kenny is also the father to Carole, 60, Kenny Jr., 55, Christopher Cody, 37. He enjoyed an incredible career which spanned 60 years as he sold tens of millions of records, won three Grammys and was the star of TV movies based on The Gamble” and other songs, making him a superstar in the `70s and ´80s. Rogers thrived as his career began in 1957 before he retired from touring in 2017 at age 79. Despite his crossover success, he always preferred to be thought of as a country singer. A true rags-to-riches story, Rogers was raised in public housing in Houston Heights with seven siblings. As a 20-year-old, he had a gold single called That Crazy Feeling, under the name Kenneth Rogers, but when that early success stalled, he joined a jazz group, the Bobby Doyle Trio, as a standup bass player.But his breakthrough came when he was asked to join the New Christy Minstrels, a folk group, in 1966. After the group broke up in 1974, Rogers started his solo career and found a big hit with the sad country ballad Lucille, in 1977, which crossed over to the pop charts and earned Rogers his first Grammy. Rogers invested his time and money in a lot of other endeavors over his career, including a passion for photography that led to several books, as well as an autobiography, Making It with Music. He had a chain of restaurants called Kenny Rogers Roasters, and was a partner behind a riverboat in Branson, Missouri. He was also involved in numerous charitable causes, among them the Red Cross and Music-Cares, and was part of the all-star ‘We are the World’ recording for famine relief. (Compiled By PEACOCK KAWEESA)

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