Kenny Rogers, the first country artist who managed to sell arenas, sold 100 million records in his career. This prolific singer had a significant role in spreading country music in the 1970s and ’80s. At the age of 81, he died at his home in Sandy Springs, on Friday. Roger’s publicist, Keith Hagan, said that he died from natural causes and had been in hospice care.
Mr. Rogers sang in a very husky voice that exuded warmth and sincerity. In a career that spanned over seven decades, he sold 100 million records. He had about twenty-one number 1 country hits.
Some of these are “Islands in the Stream,” composed by the Bee Gees. Dolly Parton performed it which reached on top on the pop chart as well. Another one is “Lady,” written and produced by Lionel Richie. Stay tuned to find out more details about the cause of his death, which left the internet in splits.
50 singles in the country Top 40
When he retired from public performances, he had 50 singles in the country Top 40 by 2018. Twenty of these forty songs were appearing in the pop Top 40. Before the ascendency of Shania Twain in the 1990s and Garth Brooks, he was the first country artist to sell arenas.
He could inhabit his material along with his genial persona and rugged good looks. This material is of two types, narrative ballads like “The Gambler” and “Lucille”. The other type is of love songs like “You Decorated My Life”.
Ballads and Love Songs
During a 2012 interview with NPR, he said that every song he has made could fall into one of the two categories.
What every man would like to say is the group called ‘ballad’ which every woman wants to hear, too. The other type is social significance.