Kenny Rogers Biography (1938-)

Full name, Kenneth Ray Rogers (some sources cite Kenneth Donald Rogers); bornAugust 21, 1938, in Houston (some sources cite Crockett), TX; son of EdwardFloyd and Lucille (maiden name, Hester) Rogers; married Janice Gordon, 1957 (divorced, 1959); married Jean, c. 1960 (divorced, c. 1963); married Margo, 1964 (divorced, 1976); married Marianne Gordon (an actress), 1977 (divorced, 1993); married Wanda Miller (a production assistant), June 1, 1997; children: (first marriage) Carole Rogers Billingsley (a teacher); (third marriage) Kenneth, Jr. (a composer; known as Kenny Rogers, Jr.); (fourth marriage) Christopher Cody; (fifth marriage) Justin Charles, Jordan Edward. Addresses: Office: Debbie Cross, Kenny Rogers, Inc., 2910 Poston Ave., Nashville, TN 37203.; Agent: Greg Oswald, William Morris Agency, 151 El Camino Dr., Beverly Hills, CA 90212; 2100 West End Ave., Nashville, TN 37203.

Nationality
American
Gender
Male
Occupation
Actor, singer, guitarist, songwriter, producer
Birth Details
August 21, 1938
Houston, Texas, United States

Famous Works

  • CREDITS
  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Host, Rollin' on the River (also known as Kenny Rogers and theFirst Edition: Rollin' on the River and Rollin' with Kenny Rogers andthe First Edition), syndicated, 1971-1973
  • Host and narrator, The Real West, Arts and Entertainment, 1993
  • Miniseries
  • Brady Hawkes, Kenny Rogers as the Gambler: The Adventure Continues, CBS, 1983
  • Brady Hawkes, Kenny Rogers as the Gambler, Part III--The Legend Continues (also known as The Gambler III: The Legend Continues), CBS, 1987
  • Brady Hawkes, The Luck of the Draw: The Gambler Returns (also known as The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw), NBC, 1991
  • Brady Hawkes, Gambler V: Playing for Keeps, CBS, 1994
  • Movies
  • Earl and member of the First Edition, The Dream Makers (also knownas Death of Sammy), NBC, 1975
  • Brady Hawkes, Kenny Rogers as the Gambler (also known as The Gambler), CBS, 1980
  • Uncle Matthew Spencer, Coward of the County, CBS, 1981
  • Matt Cooper, Wild Horses, CBS, 1985
  • Quentin Leech, Rio Diablo (also known as Devil's River), CBS, 1993
  • John J. "Jack" MacShayne, "MacShayne: Winner Takes All" (also known as "MacShayne's Grand Slam"), NBC Friday Night Mystery, NBC, 1994
  • John J. "Jack" MacShayne, "MacShayne: The Final Roll of the Dice" (also known as "MacShayne's Big Score"), NBC Friday Night Mystery, NBC, 1994
  • Himself, Big Dreams & Broken Hearts: The Dottie West Story (also known as Paper Mansions: The Dottie West Story), CBS, 1995
  • Himself, Get to the Heart: The Barbara Mandrell Story, CBS, 1997
  • Specials
  • (With the First Edition) Just Friends, ABC, 1970
  • (With the First Edition) Ghostly balladeer, Saga of Sonora, NBC, 1973
  • Host, The World's Largest Indoor Country Music Show, NBC, 1978
  • Himself, The Captain and Tenille in Hawaii, ABC, 1978
  • Perry Como's Easter by the Sea (also known as Easter by the Sea), ABC, 1978
  • Variety '77--The Year in Entertainment, CBS, 1978
  • Host, The Kenny Rogers Special, CBS, 1979
  • Himself, A Christmas Special ... with Love, Mac Davis, NBC, 1979
  • Himself, Kenny Rogers and the American Cowboy, CBS, 1979
  • Himself, Superstars, 1979
  • Himself, Kenny Rogers' America, CBS, 1980
  • Lynda Carter's Special, CBS, 1980
  • Host, A Special Kenny Rogers, CBS, 1981
  • Himself, American Bandstand's 30th Anniversary Special, ABC, 1981
  • Himself, I Love Liberty, ABC, 1982
  • Himself, Roy Acuff ... Fifty Years the King of Country Music, NBC,1982
  • Host, Kenny Rogers in Concert, HBO, 1983
  • Himself, Grandpa, Will You Run with Me?, NBC, 1983
  • Himself, Sheena Easton ... Act One, NBC, 1983
  • Himself, Donald Duck's 50th Birthday, CBS, 1984
  • Himself, Kenny & Dolly: A Christmas to Remember, CBS, 1984
  • Himself, Salute to Lady Liberty, CBS, 1984
  • Glen Campbell and Friends: The Silver Anniversary, HBO, 1984
  • Himself, Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton: Together (also known as Kenny and Dolly: Real Love), HBO, 1985
  • Himself, We Are the World (also known as We Are the World: TheVideo Event), 1985
  • The Best of Farm Aid: An American Event, HBO, 1986
  • Kraft Salutes the George Burns 90th Birthday Special (also known as George Burns 90th Birthday Special), CBS, 1986
  • Liberty Weekend, ABC, 1986
  • Texas 150: A Celebration Special, ABC, 1986
  • Host, Kenny Rogers: Working America, CBS, 1987
  • Host, Kenny Rogers Classic Weekend, ABC, 1988
  • The Hee Haw 20th Anniversary Show, syndicated, 1988
  • The Smothers Brothers Comedy Special, CBS, 1988
  • The Smothers Brothers Thanksgiving Special, CBS, 1988
  • Frank Morgan, Christmas in America: A Love Story (also known as Christmas in America and Kenny Rogers's Christmas in America), NBC, 1989
  • From the Heart ... The First International Very Special Arts Festival, NBC, 1989
  • Kenny, Dolly, & Willie: Something Inside So Strong, NBC, 1989
  • Kenny Rogers in Concert: A Holiday Special for Public Television,PBS, 1989
  • Mike Tyson--A Portrait of the People's Champion, syndicated, 1989
  • The Songwriters Hall of Fame 20th Anniversary ... The Magic of Music, CBS, 1989
  • The 1990 Goodwill Games, TBS, 1990
  • Sinatra 75: The Best Is Yet to Come (also known as Frank Sinatra: 75th Birthday Celebration), CBS, 1990
  • TNN's All-Star Salute to Country Music, The Nashville Network, 1990
  • Himself, George Burns' 95th Birthday Party, CBS, 1991
  • The Meaning of Life, CBS, 1991
  • Voices That Care, Fox, 1991
  • Welcome Home, America! A USO Salute to America's Sons and Daughters, ABC, 1991
  • Host, Kenny Rogers: Keep Christmas with You, CBS, 1992
  • Himself, A Spinal Tap Reunion: The 25th Anniversary London Sell-Out (also known as The Return of Spinal Tap and A Spinal Tap Reunion), NBC, 1992
  • Country Music Hall of Fame 25 (also known as Country's GrandestHomecoming: The Country Music Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Celebration), CBS, 1992
  • Hats Off to Minnie Pearl: America Honors Minnie Pearl, The Nashville Network, 1992
  • What about Me?, I'm Only 3!, CBS, 1992
  • Host, The American Music Awards 20th Anniversary Special, ABC, 1993
  • Himself, A Day in the Life of Country Music, CBS, 1993
  • An American Reunion: New Beginnings, Renewed Hope (also known as An American Reunion: The People's Inaugural Celebration), HBO, 1993
  • A Country Music Celebration, CBS, 1993
  • What Is This Thing Called Love? (also known as The Barbara Walters Special), ABC, 1993
  • A Phyllis George Special, The Nashville Network, 1994
  • Kenny Rogers: Going Home, The Disney Channel, 1995
  • We Are the World: A 10th Anniversary Special, The Disney Channel,1995
  • Himself, Dolly Parton: Treasures, CBS, 1996
  • Himself, The Life and Times of Dottie West, The Nashville Network,1996
  • Himself, Opryland's Country Christmas (also known as Opryland Christmas), CBS, 1996
  • Kenny Rogers: The Gift, The Family Channel, 1996
  • The Life and Times of Kenny Rogers, The Nashville Network, 1996
  • National Memorial Day Concert, PBS, 1996
  • The 70th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Parade (also known as Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade), NBC, 1996
  • Himself, The 53rd Presidential Inaugural Gala: An American Journey(also known as An American Gala and The 53rd Annual Inaugural Gala), CBS, 1997
  • Voice, Snowden on Ice, CBS, 1997
  • A Capitol Fourth, PBS, 1997
  • Fan Fair Phenomenon, The Nashville Network, 1997
  • Kathie Lee: We Need a Little Christmas, CBS, 1997
  • Himself, Elmopalooza!, ABC, 1998
  • Himself, Roger Miller Remembered, The Nashville Network, 1998
  • (In archive footage) Motown 40: The Music Is Forever, 1998
  • The Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, NBC, 1998
  • America's Millennium, CBS, 1999
  • Live by Request Starring Kenny Rogers (also known as Kenny Rogers Live by Request), Arts and Entertainment, 1999
  • The Great American History Quiz: Heroes and Villains, History Channel, 2000
  • The Great American History Quiz: Pursuit of Happiness, History Channel, 2000
  • Wonders of Wildlife Honors: Concert for Conservation, The Nashville Network, 2000
  • Himself, Elvis Forever, PBS, 2002
  • Himself, Can Westlife Cut It?, 2003
  • Himself, The Nick & Jessica Variety Hour, ABC, 2004
  • Awards Presentations
  • American Music Awards, ABC, 1978
  • Country Music Association Awards, CBS, 1978
  • The 21st Annual Grammy Awards, CBS, 1979
  • Host, The 22nd Annual Grammy Awards, CBS, 1980
  • Host, The 18th Annual Country Music Association Awards, CBS, 1984
  • Himself, The 11th American Music Awards, ABC, 1984
  • The 19th Annual Country Music Association Awards, CBS, 1985
  • Himself, The 28th Annual Grammy Awards, CBS, 1986
  • Host, The 21st Annual Country Music Awards, CBS, 1987
  • The 14th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1988
  • Host, The American Music Awards, ABC, 1989
  • Host, The 23rd Annual Country Music Association Awards, CBS, 1989
  • America's All-Star Tribute to Elizabeth Taylor (also known as The Second Annual America's Hope Award), ABC, 1989
  • Host, The 24th Annual Country Music Association Awards, CBS, 1990
  • Presenter, The 48th Annual Golden Globe Awards, TBS, 1991
  • The 26th Annual Country Music Association Awards, CBS, 1992
  • The 27th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, NBC, 1992
  • Host, The 18th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1992
  • Presenter, The 34th Annual Grammy Awards, CBS, 1992
  • The 28th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, NBC, 1993
  • The 22nd Annual American Music Awards, ABC, 1995
  • Host, The 24th International Emmy Awards, 1996
  • Presenter, The 31st Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, NBC, 1996
  • The 23rd Annual American Music Awards, ABC, 1996
  • Host, The 33rd Annual Country Music Association Awards, CBS, 1999
  • Presenter, The TNN Music City News Country Awards, The Nashville Network, 1999
  • Presenter, The 25th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 1999
  • Country Weekly Magazine Presents the TNN Music Awards, The Nashville Network, 2000
  • The 34th Annual CMA Awards, CBS, 2000
  • Presenter, The 35th Annual CMA Awards, 2001
  • The 36th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards, CBS, 2001
  • Performer, Canadian Country Music Awards, 2002
  • The 30th Annual People's Choice Awards, 2004
  • Episodic
  • American Bandstand, ABC, 1958, 1971
  • (With the First Edition) Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In (also knownas Laugh-In), NBC, 1968
  • (With the First Edition) The Andy Williams Show, NBC, 1969 (multiple episodes).
  • (With the First Edition) Happening, ABC, 1969
  • "Blood Is Thicker Than Water and Harder to Shave With," The Red Skelton Show, CBS, 1970
  • Himself, Make Your Own Kind of Music!, NBC, 1971
  • Guest performer, That Good Ole Nashville Music, syndicated, 1972
  • Guest host, The Midnight Special, NBC, multiple appearances, 1977-1979
  • Himself, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, multiple appearances, 1977-1980
  • "Mickey's 50," The Wonderful World of Disney, NBC, 1978
  • Himself, The Muppet Show, syndicated, 1979
  • Himself, Fridays, ABC, 1980
  • Himself, Late Night with David Letterman, NBC, 1985, 1990
  • Himself, Dolly, ABC, 1987
  • Conversations with Cassini, Arts and Entertainment, 1989
  • The NBC Saturday Sports Showcase, NBC, 1990
  • Himself, "Gambler Anonymous," Evening Shade, CBS, 1991
  • Daniel Watkins, "Portraits," Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, CBS, 1993
  • Himself, The Late Show with David Letterman, CBS, 1994, 1998
  • Himself, "A Who's Who for What's His Name," Cybill, CBS, 1996
  • Himself, The Real Las Vegas (also known as Las Vegas), Artsand Entertainment, c. 1996
  • Guest host, Prime Time Country, The Nashville Network, 1997
  • Death in Malibu: The Murder of Music Mogul Charlie Minor--The E! TrueHollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 1997
  • Himself, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, NBC, 1998
  • Himself, The Frank Skinner Show, BBC, 1999
  • Live! With Regis and Kathie Lee, syndicated, 1999
  • Denny, "Buy Me a Rose," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 2000
  • Himself, Intimate Portrait: Linda Evans, Lifetime, 2000
  • Himself, "Glen Campbell: Still on the Line," Biography, Arts and Entertainment, 2001
  • Most Wanted Live, 2002
  • Himself, Intimate Portrait: Naomi Judd, Lifetime, 2003
  • Appeared in "Kenny Rogers," an episode of Biography, Arts and Entertainment; appeared in episodes of Austin City Limits, PBS; and Barbara Mandrell and the Mandrell Sisters, NBC. Also appeared in Before They Were Stars and Inside Fame.
  • Television Work
  • Executive producer (with Ken Kragen), Kenny Rogers in Concert (special), HBO, 1983
  • Executive producer, A Different Affair (movie), CBS, 1987
  • Performer of title song, I'll Be Home for Christmas (movie), CBS,1997
  • Film Appearances
  • Brewster Baker, Six Pack, Twentieth Century-Fox, 1982
  • Joy of Natural Childbirth, 1997
  • Pilot, Longshot (also known as Jack of All Trades and Longshot: The Movie), MC-One, 2000
  • RECORDINGS
  • Albums
  • (With First Edition) Something's Burning, Reprise, 1970
  • (With First Edition) Ballad of Calico, Reprise, 1972
  • Kenny Rogers, United Artists, 1976
  • Daytime Friends, United Artists, 1977
  • Lucille, United Artists, 1977
  • (With Dottie West) Every Time Two Fools Collide, United Artists, 1978
  • Love or Something Like It, United Artists, 1978
  • Classics, United Artists, 1979
  • The Gambler, United Artists, 1979
  • Kenny, United Artists, 1979
  • Kenny Rogers and Dottie West--Classics, United Artists, 1979
  • Ten Years of Gold, EMI America, 1979
  • Gideon, United Artists, 1980
  • Greatest Hits (also known as Kenny Rogers! Greatest Hits),EMI America, 1980
  • Love Lifted Me, United Artists, 1980
  • (With others) Urban Cowboy (soundtrack), Wea/Elektra Entertainment, 1980
  • Christmas (also known as Kenny Rogers Christmas), Liberty,1981
  • Share Your Love, Liberty, 1981
  • Love Will Turn You Around, Liberty, 1982
  • Eyes that See in the Dark, RCA, 1983
  • Twenty Greatest Hits, Liberty, 1983
  • We've Got Tonight, Liberty, 1983
  • Duets: Kenny Rogers with Kim Carnes, Sheena Easton, and Dottie West (also known as Duets), Capitol, 1984
  • (With Dolly Parton) Once upon a Christmas, RCA, 1984
  • What about Me?, RCA, 1984
  • The Heart of the Matter, RCA, 1985
  • Love Is What We Make It, Liberty, 1985
  • Short Stories, Liberty, 1985
  • They Don't Make Them Like They Used To, RCA, 1986
  • I Prefer the Moonlight, RCA, 1987
  • Twenty-Five Greatest Hits, EMI America, 1987
  • Greatest Hits, RCA, 1988
  • Christmas in America, 1989
  • Lucille and Other Classics, EMI/Capitol, 1989
  • Something Inside So Strong, Reprise, 1989
  • Greatest Country Hits, 1990
  • Love Is Strange, Reprise, 1990
  • Twenty Great Years, Reprise, 1990
  • The Very Best of Kenny Rogers, Wea, 1990
  • Back Home Again, Wea/Warner Bros. Records, 1991
  • Very Best, Quicksilver Records, 1991
  • (With others) Contemporary Country--The Early 80s, Time-Life Music, 1991
  • (With others) Contemporary Country--The Mid-80s, Time-Life Music,1991
  • Best of Kenny Rogers, EMI/Capitol, 1992
  • (With others) Country Hits of the 70s, EMI/Capitol, 1992
  • If Only My Heart Had a Voice, 1993
  • (With others) Vol. 2--Country Love Songs, Wea/Warner Bros. Records, 1993
  • (With others) Vol. 3--Country Love Songs, Wea/Warner Bros. Records, 1993
  • TimePiece, Atlantic, 1994
  • (With others) Great Wedding Songs, Wea/Warner Bros. Records, 1994
  • (With others) Vol. 2--Grammy's Greatest Moments, Wea/Atlantic, 1994
  • (With others) Vol. 3--Grammy's Greatest Moments, Wea/Atlantic, 1994
  • (With others) Country Giants, Prime Cuts, 1995
  • (With others) The Essential Ronnie Milsap, RCA, 1995
  • All-Time Greatest Hits, Cema, 1996
  • The Gift, Magnatone, 1996
  • Greatest Hits, Hipp, 1996
  • Vote for Love, QMusic, 1996
  • (With others) Dolly Parton: Legendary Country Singers Series, Time-Life Music, 1996
  • (With others) The Essential Series Volume 2, RCA, 1996
  • Across My Heart, Magnatone, 1997
  • A Decade of Hits, Reprise, 1997
  • King of Country, Spotlight On, 1997
  • Songs You Know by Heart, Boomerang, 1997
  • Vol. 1--Greatest Hits, Public Music, 1997
  • (With Freddy Fender and Willie Nelson) Classic Artists: Only the Hits, St. Clair, 1997
  • (With others) Cookin' Up a Country Christmas, Cooking in Concert,1997
  • (With others) Country Hits, Riviere International Records, 1997
  • Branson City Limits, Unison/Navarre, 1998
  • Christmas from the Heart, Dreamcatcher Records, 1998
  • Good Time Liberator, 1998
  • Original Hits, Forever Classic, 1998
  • With Love, 1998
  • (With others) Hot on the Highway, Mastertone, 1998
  • (With others) Volume 3--Mega Country, PMF Records, 1998
  • A & E Biography--A Musical Anthology, Cema/Capitol, 1999
  • All the Hits and All New Love Songs, EMI, 1999
  • Classic Country 1965-1969, Time-Life Music, 1999
  • Kenny Rogers, Classic World, 1999
  • Love Collection, Madacy Records, 1999
  • Love Songs, EMD/Capitol, 1999
  • She Rides Wild Horses, Dreamcatcher Records, 1999
  • Through the Years--A Retrospective, Cema/Capitol, 1999
  • (With others) Males and Females, Discom, 1999
  • Forever Gold, 2000
  • Kenny Rogers Love Songs (box set), Madacy, 2000
  • There You Go Again, Dreamcatcher Records, 2000
  • (With First Edition) The Best of Kenny Rogers and the First Edition: Tell It All, Brother, Edel America, 2000
  • (With others) Christmas Greetings, Capitol, 2000
  • (With others) Solid Gold--20 Cowboy Classics, Cleopatra, 2000
  • Back to the Well, Dreamcatcher Records, 2003
  • 42 Ultimate Hits, Capitol, 2004
  • Recorded Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers Gold with Dolly Parton; recorded In a Most Unusual Way with the Kirby Stone Four. Imported albumsinclude Always and Forever, Recal; Best of Kenny Rogers, BMG;Best of Kenny Rogers // First Edition, BCD; Country Collection,Prism; For the Good Times, DGMDE; Kenny Rogers Collection, EMI; Original Gold, EMI; Pure Gold; Ruby, Hallmark; Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town, Galaxy; Simply the Best, EMI; and(with others) Greatest Love Songs, Mastersong.
  • Singles; with the Scholars
  • "Kangewah," c. 1956
  • "For You Alone," Carlton, c. 1958
  • "We'll Always Fall in Love Again"/"That Crazy Feeling," Carlton, c. 1958
  • Recorded other singles with the Scholars.
  • Singles; with First Edition
  • "The First Edition," Reprise, 1967
  • "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)," Reprise, c. 1968
  • "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town," Reprise, 1969
  • "The Second Edition," Reprise, 1969
  • "Reuben James," Reprise, c. 1969
  • "Something's Burning," Reprise, 1970
  • "Today I Started Loving You Again," Jolly Rogers, 1973
  • Other singles with First Edition include "But You Know I Love You," "Heedthe Call," and "Tell It All, Brother."
  • Singles
  • "Love Lifted Me," United Artists, c. 1976
  • "Daytime Friends," United Artists, c. 1977
  • "Lucille," United Artists, c. 1977
  • "Love or Something Like It," United Artists, 1978
  • (With Dottie West) "Every Time Two Fools Collide," United Artists/Liberty, 1978
  • "The Gambler," United Artists, 1979
  • (With West) "All I Ever Need Is You," United Artists/Liberty, 1979
  • "She Believes in Me," United Artists, c. 1979
  • "You Decorated My Life," United Artists, c. 1979
  • "Coward of the County," United Artists, 1980
  • "Lady," 1980.
  • (With Kim Carnes) "Don't Fall in Love with a Dreamer," 1980
  • (With West) "What Are We Doin' in Love?," 1981
  • "Love Will Turn You Around," RCA, 1983
  • (With Dolly Parton) "Islands in the Stream," RCA, 1983
  • (With Sheena Easton) "We've Got Tonight," 1983
  • "Crazy," RCA, 1984
  • "This Woman," 1984
  • "What about Me?," RCA, c. 1984
  • (With Parton) "A Christmas to Remember," c. 1984
  • "The Heart of the Matter," RCA, 1985
  • "Love Is What We Make It," RCA, 1985
  • "Morning Desire," RCA, 1985
  • (With Dolly Parton) "Real Love," RCA, 1985
  • (With U.S.A. for Africa) "We Are the World," PGD/PolyGram, 1985
  • "Tomb of Unknown Love," RCA, 1986
  • "They Don't Make Them Like They Used To," RCA, c. 1986
  • "I Prefer the Moonlight," RCA, 1987
  • (With Ronnie Milsap) "Make No Mistake, She's Mine," RCA, 1987
  • "When You Put Your Heart in It," 1988
  • "The Vows Go Unbroken (Always True to You)," Reprise, 1989
  • (With Dolly Parton) "Love Is Strange," Reprise, c. 1990
  • "If You Want to Find Love," Reprise, 1992
  • "TimePiece," Atlantic, c. 1994
  • "Write Your Name across My Heart," 1997
  • "The Greatest," 1999
  • "Slow Dance More," 1999
  • "Buy Me a Rose," 2000
  • (With Coolio) "The Gambler," 2000
  • Other singles include "Homemade Love," "I Don't Need You," "Laura," and "While the Feeling's Good." Appears with Wyclef Jean in the song "Kenny RogersScene."
  • Videos
  • (With others) Other Side of Nashville, 1984
  • (With others) Country Comes Alive, Lightyear Video, 1986
  • Rogers: Rollin' Vol. 2, 1991
  • Kenny Rogers Christmas Show, 1992
  • The Best of the Real West, 1994
  • Also appeared in Great Video Hits, RCA; Kenny & Dolly: RealLove (also known as Real Love); Kenny Rogers & First Edition, Vol. 1; and Rogers: Rollin' Vol. 1.
  • Music Videos
  • (With Dolly Parton) "Islands in the Stream," 1983
  • (With Sheena Easton) "We've Got Tonight," 1983
  • "This Woman," 1984
  • (With Dolly Parton) "Real Love--Live," 1985
  • (With U.S.A. for Africa) "We Are the World," 1985
  • "If I Ever Fall in Love Again," by Anne Murray, 1989
  • (With Dolly Parton) "Love Is Strange," c. 1990
  • (With others) "Voices That Care," Fox, 1991
  • "TimePiece," c. 1994
  • "The Greatest," 1999
  • "Slow Dance More," 1999
  • "Buy Me a Rose," 2000
  • (With Coolio) "The Gambler," 2000
  • Appeared in other music videos, including "He Will, She Knows" and "ThereYou Go Again."
  • WRITINGS
  • Television Music
  • Songs, The Dream Makers (also known as Death of Sammy), NBC, 1975
  • Several of Kenny Rogers's songs have appeared in television productions and films.
  • Albums
  • (With First Edition) Something's Burning, Reprise, 1970
  • (With First Edition) Ballad of Calico, Reprise, 1972
  • Kenny Rogers, United Artists, 1976
  • Daytime Friends, United Artists, 1977
  • Lucille, United Artists, 1977
  • (With Dottie West) Every Time Two Fools Collide, United Artists, 1978
  • Love or Something Like It, United Artists, 1978
  • Classics, United Artists, 1979
  • The Gambler, United Artists, 1979
  • Kenny, United Artists, 1979
  • Kenny Rogers and Dottie West-Classics, United Artists, 1979
  • Ten Years of Gold, EMI America, 1979
  • Gideon, United Artists, 1980
  • Greatest Hits (also known as Kenny Rogers! Greatest Hits),EMI America, 1980
  • Love Lifted Me, United Artists, 1980
  • (With others) Urban Cowboy (soundtrack), Wea/Elektra Entertainment, 1980
  • Christmas (also known as Kenny Rogers Christmas), Liberty,1981
  • Share Your Love, Liberty, 1981
  • Love Will Turn You Around, Liberty, 1982
  • Eyes that See in the Dark, RCA, 1983
  • Twenty Greatest Hits, Liberty, 1983
  • We've Got Tonight, Liberty, 1983
  • Duets: Kenny Rogers with Kim Carnes, Sheena Easton, and Dottie West (also known as Duets), Capitol, 1984
  • (With Dolly Parton) Once upon a Christmas, RCA, 1984
  • What about Me?, RCA, 1984
  • The Heart of the Matter, RCA, 1985
  • Love Is What We Make It, Liberty, 1985
  • Short Stories, Liberty, 1985
  • They Don't Make Them Like They Used To, RCA, 1986
  • I Prefer the Moonlight, RCA, 1987
  • Twenty-Five Greatest Hits, EMI America, 1987
  • Greatest Hits, RCA, 1988
  • Christmas in America, 1989
  • Lucille and Other Classics, EMI/Capitol, 1989
  • Something Inside So Strong, Reprise, 1989
  • Greatest Country Hits, 1990
  • Love Is Strange, Reprise, 1990
  • Twenty Great Years, Reprise, 1990
  • The Very Best of Kenny Rogers, Wea, 1990
  • Back Home Again, Wea/Warner Bros. Records, 1991
  • Very Best, Quicksilver Records, 1991
  • (With others) Contemporary Country--The Early 80s, Time-Life Music, 1991
  • (With others) Contemporary Country--The Mid-80s, Time-Life Music,1991
  • Best of Kenny Rogers, EMI/Capitol, 1992
  • (With others) Country Hits of the 70s, EMI/Capitol, 1992
  • If Only My Heart Had a Voice, 1993
  • (With others) Vol. 2--Country Love Songs, Wea/Warner Bros. Records, 1993
  • (With others) Vol. 3--Country Love Songs, Wea/Warner Bros. Records, 1993
  • TimePiece, Atlantic, 1994
  • (With others) Great Wedding Songs, Wea/Warner Bros. Records, 1994
  • (With others) Vol. 2--Grammy's Greatest Moments, Wea/Atlantic, 1994
  • (With others) Vol. 3--Grammy's Greatest Moments, Wea/Atlantic, 1994
  • (With others) Country Giants, Prime Cuts, 1995
  • (With others) The Essential Ronnie Milsap, RCA, 1995
  • All-Time Greatest Hits, Cema, 1996
  • The Gift, Magnatone, 1996
  • Greatest Hits, Hipp, 1996
  • Vote for Love, QMusic, 1996
  • (With others) Dolly Parton: Legendary Country Singers Series, Time-Life Music, 1996
  • (With others) The Essential Series Volume 2, RCA, 1996
  • Across My Heart, Magnatone, 1997
  • A Decade of Hits, Reprise, 1997
  • King of Country, Spotlight On, 1997
  • Songs You Know by Heart, Boomerang, 1997
  • Vol. 1--Greatest Hits, Public Music, 1997
  • (With Freddy Fender and Willie Nelson) Classic Artists: Only the Hits, St. Clair, 1997
  • (With others) Cookin' Up a Country Christmas, Cooking in Concert,1997
  • (With others) Country Hits, Riviere International Records, 1997
  • Branson City Limits, Unison/Navarre, 1998
  • Christmas from the Heart, Dreamcatcher Records, 1998
  • Good Time Liberator, 1998
  • Original Hits, Forever Classic, 1998
  • With Love, 1998
  • (With others) Hot on the Highway, Mastertone, 1998
  • (With others) Volume 3--Mega Country, PMF Records, 1998
  • A & E Biography--A Musical Anthology, Cema/Capitol, 1999
  • All the Hits and All New Love Songs, EMI, 1999
  • Classic Country 1965-1969, Time-Life Music, 1999
  • Kenny Rogers, Classic World, 1999
  • Love Collection, Madacy Records, 1999
  • Love Songs, EMD/Capitol, 1999
  • She Rides Wild Horses, Dreamcatcher Records, 1999
  • Through the Years--A Retrospective, Cema/Capitol, 1999
  • (With others) Males and Females, Discom, 1999
  • Forever Gold, 2000
  • Kenny Rogers Love Songs (box set), Madacy, 2000
  • There You Go Again, Dreamcatcher Records, 2000
  • (With First Edition) The Best of Kenny Rogers and the First Edition: Tell It All, Brother, Edel America, 2000
  • (With others) Christmas Greetings, Capitol, 2000
  • (With others) Solid Gold--20 Cowboy Classics, Cleopatra, 2000
  • Back to the Well, Dreamcatcher Records, 2003
  • 42 Ultimate Hits, Capitol, 2004
  • Recorded Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers Gold with Dolly Parton; recorded In a Most Unusual Way with the Kirby Stone Four. Imported albumsinclude Always and Forever, Recal; Best of Kenny Rogers, BMG;Best of Kenny Rogers // First Edition, BCD; Country Collection,Prism; For the Good Times, DGMDE; Kenny Rogers Collection, EMI; Original Gold, EMI; Pure Gold; Ruby, Hallmark; Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town, Galaxy; Simply the Best, EMI; and(with others) Greatest Love Songs, Mastersong.
  • Singles
  • with the Scholars
  • "Kangewah," c. 1956
  • "For You Alone," Carlton, c. 1958
  • "We'll Always Fall in Love Again"/"That Crazy Feeling," Carlton, c. 1958
  • Wrote other singles with the Scholars.
  • with First Edition
  • "The First Edition," Reprise, 1967
  • "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)," Reprise, c. 1968
  • "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town," Reprise, 1969
  • "The Second Edition," Reprise, 1969
  • "Reuben James," Reprise, c. 1969
  • "Something's Burning," Reprise, 1970
  • "Today I Started Loving You Again," Jolly Rogers, 1973
  • Other singles with First Edition include "But You Know I Love You," "Heedthe Call," and "Tell It All, Brother."
  • "Love Lifted Me," United Artists, c. 1976
  • "Daytime Friends," United Artists, c. 1977
  • "Lucille," United Artists, c. 1977
  • "Love or Something Like It," United Artists, 1978
  • (With Dottie West) "Every Time Two Fools Collide," United Artists/Liberty, 1978
  • "The Gambler," United Artists, 1979
  • (With West) "All I Ever Need Is You," United Artists/Liberty, 1979
  • "She Believes in Me," United Artists, c. 1979
  • "You Decorated My Life," United Artists, c. 1979
  • "Coward of the County," United Artists, 1980
  • (With Kim Carnes) "Don't Fall in Love with a Dreamer," 1980
  • (With West) "What Are We Doin' in Love?," 1981
  • "Love Will Turn You Around," RCA, 1983
  • (With Sheena Easton) "We've Got Tonight," 1983
  • "This Woman," 1984
  • "What about Me?," RCA, c. 1984
  • (With Dolly Parton) "A Christmas to Remember," c. 1984
  • "The Heart of the Matter," RCA, 1985
  • "Love Is What We Make It," RCA, 1985
  • "Morning Desire," RCA, 1985
  • (With Dolly Parton) "Real Love," RCA, 1985
  • "Tomb of Unknown Love," RCA, 1986
  • "They Don't Make Them Like They Used To," RCA, c. 1986
  • "I Prefer the Moonlight," RCA, 1987
  • (With Ronnie Milsap) "Make No Mistake, She's Mine," RCA, 1987
  • "When You Put Your Heart in It," 1988
  • "The Vows Go Unbroken (Always True to You)," Reprise, 1989
  • "If You Want to Find Love," Reprise, 1992
  • "TimePiece," Atlantic, c. 1994
  • "Write Your Name across My Heart," 1997
  • "The Greatest," 1999
  • "Slow Dance More," 1999
  • "Buy Me a Rose," 2000
  • Other singles include "Homemade Love," "I Don't Need You," "Laura," and "While the Feeling's Good."
  • Nonfiction
  • (With Len Epand) Making It with Music: Kenny Rogers' Guide to the Music Business, Harper & Row, 1978
  • Kenny Rogers's America (photographs), Little, Brown, 1986
  • Your Friends and Mine (photographs), Little, Brown, 1987
  • Fiction
  • "The Gift" (story), c. 1996

Further Reference

ADAPTATIONS

  • Kenny Rogers's songs appear in the karaoke CD Sing-a-long, released by Priddis Music, 1998.
OTHER SOURCES
    Books
    • Hume, Martha, Kenny Rogers, Gambler, Dreamer, Lover, photographs by John Reggero, New American Library, 1980
    • St. James Encyclopedia of Popular Culture, St. James Press, 2000
    Periodicals
    • Parade, May 20, 2001, p. 22
    • People Weekly, June 16, 1997, pp. 50-51
    • Radio Times, August 7, 1999, pp. 14-18
    Electronic
    • Kenny Rogers: Dreamcatcher Entertainment, http://www.kennyrogers.com, July 14, 2004

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