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Country Music Legend Kenny Rogers Dies At 81, The Internet In Splits

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.

Akhil Khokhar
Akhil is an editor at The Innersane. He joined the team way back in 2018 as a lists writer and has been working his way up ever since, writing a variety of articles almost daily. He covers all the main beats but never passes up the opportunity to discuss anything related to Netflix & Amazon Prime Originals. Akhil spends way too much time reading comics, watching movies, and playing games, and he's still wondering just what exactly is on page 47. But hey, at least all that knowledge enables him to make obscure pop culture references in conversations (though that probably isn't a good thing). And his tea addiction comes does in handy whenever it comes down to writing up breaking news and hot takes.

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