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Posted: March 21, 2020, 3:38 AM Post
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Not the Texas Rangers lefty...
And presumably not from COVID-19, songwriter and singer Kenny Rogers died tonight of natural causes at 81.

It is hard to explain his stardom, and I don't know if it could be recreated in today's world, but for a not-short time in the 1970s and 80s, the grey-bearded middle aged singer was the most popular performer and recording artist in the country. His records were huge hits.

He played at the opening day of Summerfest and was a headliner there many times. I don't know if his songs got much play in recent years, but his solo records and especially his pop duets were huge.


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Posted: March 21, 2020, 6:01 AM Post
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He was definitely a megastar for a short window, I loved the Gambler TV movies as a kid. I am not a country fan so not sure if he was a great talent getting his due or just a marketing sensation. Without looking it up the only songs I remember are "The Gambler", "Coward of the County" which was pretty much the same song, and "Islands in the Stream" which may have been a BeeGee's song if not for the collapse of disco. That insurance commercial a few years ago was hilarious. RIP


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