Kenny Rogers was ready for his Oct. 27, 2013 induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Roger’s told Radio.com “I’m so glad it’s happening now rather than at the peak of my success because I’m not sure I could have appreciated it as much then” adding “Hits come and go but the Hall of Fame is forever. There’s only 130 people in there. That’s pretty rare air.”
Family members joining him for the ceremony included his wife with their twin nine year old sons along with Roger’s older sons. Roger’s talked about his relationship with his sons with Radio.com and the connection he had to the song “You Had to Be There” which is featured on his latest album “You Can’t Make Old Friends.”
Roger’s said “There’s a fine line between being driven and being selfish. When you want success so bad that you become selfish. I think I really hurt some of my earlier marriages because I was so driven and I don’t want to do that in this case” with Rogers adding “I really want to be there for my boys. The song touched me because I hadn’t been there for my two older sons.”
Roger’s also discussed singing the title track with his good friend Dolly Parton on his new album “You Can’t Make Old Friends” saying "I can't think of a more perfect song for Dolly and I to sing together" adding "Out of everyone in the business, she is my best friend, so naturally it has special meaning for the both of us.”
Parton said “There is just something about our chemistry with each other – our friendship – that people really sense what we really feel. To do a song that fits so many people, and certainly us, was an honor. It’s been a wonderful journey, and I’m so glad I’ve been able to walk this road with Kenny” when she discussed working with Roger’s on the song.