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Kenny Rogers

Singer/songwriter/actor Kenny Rogers kicked off his career as the leader of country rockers the First Edition in the late 1960s. After riding smashes such as “Just Dropped In” and “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town” straight up the charts, he went solo in 1976 and ascended to even greater heights.

One of Rogers’ most popular projects was 1978’s The Gambler. The soundtrack to his blockbuster movie of the same name, The Gambler served as a classic example of country music’s ability to cross over to the pop charts. His streak of good fortune continued well into the ’80s as hits like “Lady,” “Through the Years,” “We’ve Got Tonight” (with Sheena Easton), and “Islands in the Stream” (with Dolly Parton) earned Rogers legendary status.

During the 1990s and ’00s, Rogers kept touring, recording, and charting at an impressive pace, even reuniting with Parton for 2013’s comeback track “You Can’t Make Old Friends.” In 2016, the veteran announced “The Gambler’s Last Deal” tour in hopes of spending more time with his family after a life on the road.

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