Kenny Rogers, a longtime star of the country music, died Friday night, according to a statement posted by his family on Twitter. Unfortunately, Kenny Rogers died peacefully at home in Sandy Springs of natural causes. He was 81.
Kenny was known for such hits as “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Lucille,” and of course by his duet with Dolly Patron the song “Islands in The Stream.” The song grew from a suggestion by Bee Gees star Barry Gibb, who wrote the song.
In all, Rogers had 24 No.1 hits and was the winner of six CMA Awards as well as three Grammys. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013 and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Country Music Association the same year.
Kenny Rogers was born and raised in Houston, he was the fourth of eight children in a poor family. He took to the guitar as an adolescent, and would sometimes perform with another aspiring local musician and future star, Mickey Gilley. He had his first gold single at the age of 20, with a song called “That Crazy Feeling.”
Due to the national COVID-19 emergency, the family is planning a small private service at this time with a public memorial planned for a later date.
Rest in Peace, Kenny.