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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 21 August 1938Houston, Texas, USA
Birth NameKenneth Ray Rogers
Nickname Kenneth Rogers
Height 5' 10½" (1.79 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Born in Texas, the fourth of eight children, singer Kenny Rogers grew up in a poor area of Houston where his father worked in a shipyard and his mother in a hospital. He became the first member of his family to graduate from high school. He took an interest in singing while quite young and as a teenager joined a doo-wop recording group who called themselves "The Scholars". At age 19, Kenny recorded "That Crazy Feeling" for a small Houston label, Carlton Records, and his career was off and running. Kenny joined the "New Christy Minstrels" in the mid-1960s, then splintered off with others in the popular group to form "The First Edition". Their first big soft-rock hit, "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town" hit #6 on the US charts, while later successes included "Something's Burning", "Just Dropped In", "Tell It All Brother" and "Reuben James". The husky-framed singer's ingratiating personality and sensual gravel tones soon took center stage and the group eventually renamed themselves "Kenny Rogers and the First Edition". They hosted a syndicated TV variety series from 1971 to 1973 called Rollin' on the River (1971) but the pressures of taping a weekly show caused extreme friction within the group and eventually took its toll. After a couple of years of producing non-hit songs, the group disbanded in the mid-70s. Solo stardom seemed to be inevitable for Kenny and he began chalking up a string of country-tinged 'top 20' pop hits with "Lucille" (#5), "Don't Fall in Love With a Dreamer" (#4, with Kim Carnes), "Through the Years" (#13), "We've Got Tonight" (#6, with Sheena Easton) and his two #1 hit sellers "Islands in the Stream" (with Dolly Parton) and "Lady". By the late 1970s, he had sold over $100 million worth of records. The 1980s would tell a different story. Normally considered an easygoing talent, he was unflatteringly dubbed the "overweight lightweight" by Rolling Stone Magazine, and the silvery-maned Kenny soon experienced a major slump. After charting lower and lower, he wisely branched off into other successful areas. In 1980, he touched off a modest, but appealing acting career with the TV-movie Kenny Rogers as The Gambler (1980), based on his 1979 song hit. This led to four equally popular sequels. He also became a perennial star or co-star of TV seasonal specials. In addition, he published several books on photography and opened a rotisserie-chicken fast-food franchise. Less and less visible in the ensuing years, Kenny produced the 1999 album "She Rides Wild Horses", which peaked at #6 on the country charts, his highest in 15 years, and included the #1 single "Buy Me a Rose". Spending a lot of time breeding Arabian horses and cattle on a 1,200-acre Georgia farm, Kenny's seems settled with his fifth wife Wanda Miller, who he married in 1997. One of his sons, Kenneth Rogers, once followed in his father's boot steps, briefly launching his own singing career in 1989 with "Take Another Step Closer". He now is on the business end of entertainment providing music for TV and movies. Kenny's other two children are Carole and Christopher.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Gary Brumburgh / gr-home@pacbell.net

Spouse (5)

Wanda Miller (1 June 1997 - present) (2 children)
Marianne Gordon (2 October 1977 - 1994) (divorced) (1 child)
Margo Gladys Anderson (22 October 1963 - 1975) (divorced) (1 child)
Jean Laverne Massey (October 1960 - 1963) (divorced)
Janice Gordon (15 May 1958 - 26 January 1960) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Mark (1)

Beard

Trivia (18)

Singer/actor
He appeared in the music video and sang in the choir on the song "Voices That Care." song "We Are The World."
Is a well-respected photographer; was invited to the White House to create a portrait of First Lady Hillary Clinton for the 1993 CBS-TV special, A Day in the Life of Country Music (1993).
Established the Athens Area Homeless Shelter in 1990 in Georgia.
Named "Favorite Singer of All Time" in a 1986 "PM Magazine/USA Today" poll.
Voted "Favorite Male Vocalist" in 1989 by "People" magazine readers.
In March 1999 was awarded the Recording Industry Association of America's prestigious Diamond Award, celebrating sales of more than 10 million albums for his "Greatest Hits" album.
His high school vocal group's original song "That Crazy Feeling" landed them a spot on television's New American Bandstand 1965 (1952).
On a lark, he once performed as himself as part of the "Legends In Concert" impersonators show at the Imperial Palace Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. He sang the duet "Islands In the Stream" with the Dolly Parton impersonator. Several people from the audience interviewed after the show didn't realize that he was the real thing.
Identical twin sons, Justin Charles (6 pounds, 10 ounces) and Jordan Edward (5 pounds, 8 ounces) were born on Tuesday, July 6th, 2004 in Atlanta, Georgia. His wife, Wanda, is an identical twin, and twins also run in Kenny's family.
Co-host, with Lorianne Crook, of an infomercial for TimeLife's "Superstars of Country" collection of country music [2005].
His duet "Islands in the Stream", with fellow country singer Dolly Parton was ranked the #1 on CMT 100 greatest country duets of all time.
Sang "Lady" with Lionel Richie playing piano.
He was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 6666 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.
On Oct. 27, 2013, he was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
His mother was Lucille Rogers, and his siblings included brothers Lelan Rogers & Roy Rogers, and sister Sandy Rogers.
Member of The New Christy Minstrels and The First Edition before launching a solo career that produced 20 top-40 hits from 1977-84. The singer, guitarist and bassist specialized in easy listening music with a country flavor.

Personal Quotes (2)

Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for the great.
[on performing with Dolly Parton] Working with Dolly is a great rush for me because we are good friends, and we have been, forever. We just flirted a lot. I can't explain it, but flirting is more electric than passion. It's the anticipation. She does it better than anybody I've ever seen, and it's just good fun.

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