A Gambler Retires

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A Gambler Retires
A Gambler Retires

If you are one of the millions of country western fans who grew up with Kenny Rogers, you are probably saddened by the news of his retirement.

Rogers, who will shortly turn 80, has health problems. Although no official word has been given about his physical condition, he reportedly is battling cancer.

A native of Houston, Texas, Rogers was the fourth of eight children. His father was a carpenter.

His lengthy career as a vocalist has included jazz, pop music and country. His raspy voice has recorded many hits including, 'Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town,' 'Coward of the Country' and 'The Gambler.'

He has teamed up with Dottie West and Dolly Parton, had a successful band called Kenny Rogers and the First Edition, and even built a well known sprint car that was featured on television.

Rogers had starred in several movies, including movies made for television. He has also produced a number of television commercials.

Although I have met and interviewed many country western stars, Rogers was not one of them, and that is to my regret. I have always admired his music.

Rogers was in his final farewell tour called appropriately 'The Gambler' when he decided to call it quits. He thanked his fans around the world for the success they gave him and apologized for not finishing the tour. During his professional career, he sold over 130 million records.

In announcing his retirement, he paid tribute to Dottie West, saying when she sang a love song, she made you believe the words.

I know a number of my poker playing friends believe the words of 'The Gambler'that go 'You got to know when to hold them, know when to fold them, know when to walk away, know when to run.'

You were special,Kenny. Thanks for the music.

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