Kenneth Ray "Kenny" Rogers (born August 21, 1938) is an American singer-songwriter, photographer, record producer, actor, entrepreneur and author, and member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.Though he has been most successful with country audiences, he has charted more than 120 hit singles across various music genres, topped the country and pop album charts for more than 200 individual weeks in the United States alone and has sold over 130 million records worldwide, making him one of the highest-selling artists of all time.Two of his albums, The Gambler and Kenny, are featured in the About.com poll of "The 200 Most Influential Country Albums Ever".
He was voted the "Favorite Singer of All-Time" in a 1986 joint poll by readers of both USA Today and People.
He has received numerous such awards as the AMAs, Grammys, ACMs and CMAs, as well as a lifetime achievement award for a career spanning six decades in 2003.Later success includes the 2006 album release, Water & Bridges, an across the board hit, that hit the Top 5 in the Billboard Country Albums sales charts, also charting in the Top 15 of the Billboard 200.
The first single from the album, "I Can't Unlove You," was also a sizable chart hit.
Remaining a popular entertainer around the world, the following year he completed a tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland, telling BBC Radio 2 DJ Steve Wright his favourite hit was "The Gambler".
He has also acted in a variety of movies and television shows, most notably the title roles in Kenny Rogers as The Gambler and the MacShayne series as well as his appearance on The Muppet Show.Awards and honorsRecord labelsThe following is a list of record labels to which Rogers signed:Cue (1957, with the band The Scholars and also as a solo singer)Carlton (1958, solo deal)KenLee (one single, label owned by Rogers and his brother Lelan)Columbia (1960s, with jazz combo, The Bobby Doyle Three)Reprise (1967, with The First Edition, all material recorded during this time has since been acquired by Universal Music)Jolly Rogers (1973, with The First Edition, label was owned by Rogers)United Artists (1975, solo deal)Liberty (1980, United Artists merged into EMI/Capitol in 1980; some pressings of albums were issued on Capitol's imprint labels, EMI, EMI America, and EMI Manhattan.)RCA Nashville (1983, solo deal)Reprise (1989, solo deal)Giant (1993, one solo album)Atlantic (1994, one solo album)onQ Music (1996, one solo album; onQ Music was created by the QVC Network to release exclusive albums for sale only on QVC.
The first onQ release was Rogers' Vote for Love, a two-disc set that would later become available in standard retail stores.)Magnatone (1996, solo deal)Dreamcatcher (1998, solo deal; Dreamcatcher was owned and run by Rogers and Jim Mazza for the purpose of releasing Rogers albums and certain reissues of Rogers' catalog.
Other artists such as Marshall Dyllon and Randy Dorman were released on Dreamcatcher Records, also.
The label closed in 2004)Capitol Nashville (2004, solo deal)
Islands In The Stream
Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town
Christmas Is My Favourite Time Of Year
Me and Bobby McGee
Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town
For The Good Times
Me And Bobby McGee
Where Does Rosy Go
The King Of Oat Street
Poem For My Lady
Lay It Down