Kenny Rogers is an entertainer who many have come to love for his country music. Nevertheless, he sings other genres of music and is also an actor among various other things. As he would rightly first be associated with country, Rogers has become an authority in the genre with everlasting songs such as The Gambler and his duet with Dolly Parton, Island in the stream. Here is all you would want to know about him.
Kenny Rogers Biography, Age
Kenny was born Kenneth Ray Rogers on August 21, 1938, in Houston, Texas. It was also here that he was raised alongside his seven siblings.
For his education, the Award-winning singer who would sing for almost 6 decades went to the Wharton Elementary School.
Of course, as it is with many who are great in their fields, the passion for him to sing was there since he was a child. However, he did not begin with country music that would later get him into the Hall of Fame, instead, he began as a Rock ‘n’ Roll star when he was in his teen years.
He later went on as a Jazz singer with a band The Bobby Doyle Three and then the New Christy Minstrels when the former band fell apart. The next band was Kenny Rogers and The First Edition with whom he sang the very popular song, Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town. It was with the failing of the band that he decided to try it on his own as a solo artist.
His solo career continued from the 1970s until he finally retired. His first album Love Lifted Me was released in 1976, Followed by Kenny Rogers the next year and then Daytime Friends. In 1978 he made the Love or Something Like It and The Gambler which is one of his greatest works. There would be over 20 albums that he would produce among collaborations and compilations.
Through his years as a singer, he has won many awards including 2 Grammy Awards from many nominations, multiple Country Music Association Awards, and SESAC Nashville Music Awards among others.
Even as he has become famous as a singer, Kenny Rogers is an actor. The first movie he appeared in was Saga of Sonora (1973) followed by The Dream Makers (1975), and The Coward of the County (1981) among others. His most recent work was when he made a voice narration for How I Met Your Mother in 2009.
Spouse (Wife) And Children
One place where the Gambler singer seems not to be making the right bets has to be in his relationships. Thus far, Kenny Rogers has been involved with more women as wives than many would as dates.
Although he has been linked to Dolly Parton whom many were convinced had had something to do with Rogers, she is not among his long list of wives. The first woman to be his wife was Janice Gordon whom he married in 1958. By 1960, they already had a child together and were also divorced.
The next woman the country singer would go on to date and marry was Jean Massey in 1960 and by 1963, they were already divorced. Rogers moved on that same year and married Margo Anderson with whom he stayed with until 1976. This union produced yet another child, Kennedy who was born in 1964.
1977 saw Kenny having yet another wife who this time around was Marianne Gordon who at the time, was a divorcee. This union gave the singer another child, Christopher Cody Rogers who was born in 1982.
Wanda Miller is the next woman that would be Kenny’s wife. Thus far, it seems he has been able to find the one to form his island in the stream as they have been together since 1997 when they got married. The two of them have two children, Justin Charles and Jordan Edward both of whom were born on 6th July 2004.
From all his marriages, Kenny Rogers is blessed with five children with the eldest, Carole Rogers, born in 1958 while the two youngest, Justin Charles and Jordan Edward born in 2004.
Where Is He Now, Is He Dead?
It has almost become a trend among those who have made a kind of career out of making up stories that celebrities are dead. Kenny Rogers did not escape them as there have been more than a hoax in the past claiming that he has died. The most recent was in 2018 when the reports emerged that he had passed away.
Just as it is with many other hoaxes, the singer has turned out to be very much alive.
Nevertheless, he has not been in the best health and friends and family are already on the edge since he cancelled his farewell tour early in 2018. There have been speculations about the ill health challenges he has been suffering from.
Since he retired in 2017 to spend more time with his wife and kids, that kicked off “The Gambler’s Last Deal” tour which he had to later cancel following the advice of doctors. For those wondering where he is now, he is tending to his health and spending time with his family.