70s Artist watch: Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers was born as Kenneth Donald Rogers in Texas in 1938, and in the US has spent over 200 weeks in the charts covering many musical genres, but mostly of course country and western. Kenny had minor hits in the 1950s and 1960s, but then in the late 60s he joined the band called "The First Edition", which of course later became Kenny Rogers and The First edition.

The first single to enter the 70s music chart was the 1969 release of "Ruby, Don't take your love to town"
The song was originally a hit in 1967 by Johnny Darrell, who died in 1997.

Lyrics to Ruby,don't take your love to town"

Kenny split from The New Edition in 1976 and went solo, and one of his biggest hits was "Lucille"

This song was to give him a Grammy and numerous country awards in 1977.

In 1979 he had a minor hit in the UK with "She believes in me", also releasing "Coward of the County", but that did not chart until February 1980.

But one that did chart in 70s music was the 1979 was"The Gambler" from the album of the same name. It was also the name of the TV series  for which it was the theme.