Kenny Rogers is an artist who many have come to love for his country music. Nevertheless, he sings other genres of music and is also an actor among others. As he was right to be first associated with a country, Rogers became a benchmark in the genre with timeless songs such as The Gambler and his duet with Dolly Parton, Island in the Stream. Here’s everything you want to know about him.
Kenny Rogers Biography, Age
Kenny was born Kenneth Ray Rogers on August 21, 1938 in Houston, Texas. It is also where he was raised alongside his seven siblings.
For his education, the award-winning singer who would sing for nearly six decades went to Wharton Elementary School.
Of course, as is the case with many greats in their fields, the passion for him to sing had been there since he was a child. However, he didn’t start out with country music that would later get him into the Hall of Fame, he started out as a rock ‘n’ roll star when he was a teenager.
He then became a jazz singer with a band TheBobby Doyle Three, then the New Christy Minstrels, when the old band fell apart. The next group was Kenny Rogers and The First Edition with whom he sang the hugely popular song, Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town. It was because of the group’s failure that he decided to try it out on his own as a solo artist.
His solo career continued from the 1970s until his final retirement. His debut album Love Raised Me was released in 1976, followed by Kenny Rogers the following year and then Daytime Friends. In 1978 he made Love or Something Like That and The Player which is one of his greatest works. He would produce more than 20 albums among collaborations and compilations.
During his years as a singer, he has won numerous awards, including two Grammy Awards among numerous nominations, several awards from the Country Music Association, and the SESAC Nashville Music Awards, among others.
Although he rose to fame as a singer, Kenny Rogers is an actor. The first film he appeared in was Saga of Sonora (1973) followed by The Dreammakers (1975), and The County Coward (1981) among others. His most recent work is when he did voice narration for How I Met Your Mother in 2009.
Spouse (wife) and children
A place where the Player The Singer doesn’t seem to be making the right choices, he has to be in his relationships. So far, Kenny Rogers has been involved with more women as women than many women.
Although he was linked to Dolly Parton who many were convinced had something to do with Rogers, she is not on his long list of wives. The first woman to be his wife was Janice Gordon, whom he married in 1958. In 1960, they already had a child together, and were also divorced.
The next woman the country singer would date and marry was Jean Massey in 1960, and by 1963 they were already divorced. Rogers moved the same year and married Margo Anderson with whom he remained until 1976. This union gave birth to another child, Kennedy, born in 1964.
In 1977 Kenny had another wife, this time Marianne Gordon, a divorced woman. This union gave the singer another child, Christopher Cody Rogers, born in 1982.
Wanda Miller is the next woman who would be Kenny’s wife. So far, it looks like he’s managed to find the one to form his island in the creek, as they’ve been together since 1997 when they got married. The two have two children, Justin Charles and Jordan Edward, both born on July 6, 2004.
Of all his marriages, Kenny Rogers has five children with the eldest, Carole Rogers, born in 1958, while the two youngest, Justin Charles and Jordan Edward, were born in 2004.
Where is he now, is he dead?
It has almost become a trend among those who have made some sort of career out of making up stories that celebrities have died. Kenny Rogers has not escaped them as there has been more than one prank in the past claiming he was deceased. The most recent dates from 2018, when it was learned that he had died.
As with many other pranks, the singer turned out to be very much alive.
Nevertheless, he hasn’t been in better health, and his friends and family are already on the edge of reality since he canceled his farewell tour in early 2018. There has been speculation about health issues. health from which he suffers.
Since retiring in 2017, he has spent more time with his wife and children, which kicked off ‘The Gambler’s Last Deal’ tour which he later had to cancel on the advice of doctors. For those wondering where he is now, he is taking care of his health and spending time with his family.