Growing up I listened to a whole lot of different music before determining that the Hard Rock and Heavy Metal was my favorite thing of them all. These formative years found me enjoying a lot of the classics by the legendary Country Music artist Kenny Rogers and I had to say that I loved quite a few of his songs. Sadly, I now share the news about this music icon passing away. Below please find the notice from his publicity team. I’ll return with additional thoughts.
The Rogers family is sad to announce that Kenny Rogers passed away last night at 10:25PM at the age of 81. Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family.
In a career that spanned more than six decades, Kenny Rogers left an indelible mark on the history of American music. His songs have endeared music lovers and touched the lives of millions around the world. Chart-topping hits like “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Islands In The Stream,” “Lucille,” “She Believes In Me,” and “Through the Years” are just a handful of Kenny Rogers’ songs that have inspired generations of artists and fans alike. Rogers, with twenty-four number-one hits, was a Country Music Hall of Fame member, six-time CMA Awards winner, three-time GRAMMY® Award winner, recipient of the CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013, CMT Artist of a Lifetime Award honoree in 2015 and has been voted the “Favorite Singer of All Time” in a joint poll by readers of both USA Today and People.
The family is planning a small private service at this time out of concern for the national COVID-19 emergency. They look forward to celebrating Kenny’s life publicly with his friends and fans at a later date.
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: As I said up above, I had heard and enjoyed so many of the musicians classic numbers growing up and while I was a regular concert attendee I never managed to get around to seeing him perform on the stage. Over the years these tunes stuck with me into my adult life based on just how amazing they were. Songs like “The Gambler” and “Coward Of The County” were stories that as you heard them painted a movie in your mind. I don’t remember seeing the TV movie for “The Gambler” but I do remember his performing in a train car with a few of the Muppets and also when his Kenny Rogers Roasters was a part of a popular “Seinfeld” episode. I never did get around to trying that chicken but don’t remember it ever being something that NYC had as a franchise. I’m going to spend some time on YouTube and Spotify today listening to these great stories again so they help to take my mind away from the news that’s currently on all of our minds. Thank you Mr. Rogers for giving us such songs for so many years. We wish you safe passage to the Great Beyond and send heartfelt condolences to your family, friends and worldwide followers. The dealing is now done. May you Rest In Peace.