Legendary country music icon Kenny Rogers’ career began in the mid-1950’s when he recorded the single, “Poor Little Doggie” with a doo-wop group called The Scholars. It was then in 1967 when he joined The First Edition chalking up a string of hits on both the pop and country charts including "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town". After the group split, Rogers launched his own solo career in 1976. To date, he has charted more than sixty hit singles – including “Lucille”, “The Gambler”, “Lady”, “Through The Years” and “Islands in the Stream” – and no fewer than forty hit albums … his most recent one being You Can’t Make Old Friends which was released last year and features a duet with Dolly Parton on the title track. The single went on to earn a Grammy nomination for “Best Country Duo/Group Performance”.
Like many other singers, Rogers has also had success as an actor. His 1982 movie, Six Pack in which he played a race car driver took in more than $20 million at the US box office while made-for-TV movies such as The Gambler, Christmas in America and Coward of the County topped the ratings lists. As an entrepreneur, he collaborated with a developer of Kentucky Fried Chicken in 1991 to start up the restaurant chain, Kenny Rogers Roasters. He has received numerous awards for both his music and charity work including a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. Last year he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame and was also honoured with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. Rogers still enjoys performing to sold-out audiences throughout North America and will be appearing at the River Rock Casino Resort on October 17, 2014.
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