Kenny Rogers' Biography and Biggest Country Hits

Not just a great country artist, a great recording artist

Kenny Rogers performs at London Palladium on November 10, 2016 in London, England.
Kenny Rogers performs at London Palladium on November 10, 2016 in London, England. Credit: Robin Little / Contributor

Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers is one of the most influential recording artists of our time. His body of work is eclectic to say the least, having experimented with pop, rock and jazz, but he is best known for his success as a country artist.

Career:

In the 1950s Rogers tried, and failed, to catch a break. He dabbled in a few bands and as a solo artist, but nothing came to fruition. In the '60s he formed the group Kenny Rogers and The First Edition, producing a number of hits on the pop and country charts.

After nearly a decade together the group disbanded in 1976 and Rogers launched a solo career.

His sound appealed to pop and country audiences, and he went on to chart more than 60 Top 40 singles over the next several decades and began racking up awards and accolades. He also continued to experiment with his sound, releasing Timepiece, an album of jazz covers, in 1994. Rogers remained a major industry figure, issuing new music here and there, but 2000's "Buy Me a Rose" was a turning point in his career. The single and the album it appears on, She Rides Wild Horses, were both No. 1's, making Rogers, at 61, the oldest artist to have a No. 1 solo record. It solidified his status as a music legend.

Legacy:

Rogers is known as one of the best-selling artists of all time. In 2000 the Recording Industry Association of American awarded him the Diamond Award for selling more than 10 million copies of his Greatest Hits album.

Since then, sales have surpassed 24 million.

More than 120 of his singles have charted and he has sold more than 120 million records worldwide, 19 of which have gone platinum. Throughout the course of his 60 year career he has won 13 American Music Association Awards, two Grammys, eight Academy of Country Music Awards and six Country Music Association Awards.

In 2013 he was awarded the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award at the CMAs and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame

In September 2015 he announced that he will be retiring following a farewell tour in 2016. He has rightfully earned his place in music history and he will surely continue to serve as an influence.

Most Popular Songs

  • "Lady"
  • "The Greatest"
  • "The Gambler"
  • "Islands in the Stream"
  • "Lucille"

Album Picks

  • The Gambler (1978)
  • Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town (1967)
  • 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection (2014)
  • 42 Ultimate Hits (2004)
  • Duets (1984)