It is a fine day to remember "The Gambler" and the "Coward of the County." Music man Kenny Rogers is celebrating his 75th birthday today, August 21. He is scheduled to play Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, September 25. Rogers was born in Houston, Texas. He started out with The First Edition. In 1968, they scored a hit with "Just Dropped In." In 1969, their big song was "But You Know I Love You."
In the next transition of his musical career, the billing became "Kenny Rogers & The First Edition. They charted theses songs in 1969 and 1970: "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town," "Reuben James," "Something's Burning," "Tell It All Brother" and "Heed The Call."
"Lucille" was his first hit under the billing Kenny Rogers. That came in 1977, along with "Daytime Friends." "Lady" was number one in 1980 and "Islands In The Stream," his duet with Dolly Parton also hit number one in 1983.
Rogers is known for duets. Here is a list of some of those:
"Don't Fall In Love With A Dreamer," with Kim Carnes
"What Are We Doin' In Love," with Dottie West
"We've Got Tonight," with Sheena Easton
"What About Me," with James Ingram
"Buy Me A Rose," with Allison Krauss and Billy Dean
"Make No Mistake(She's Mine), with Ronnie Milsap