Later this month, fellow country stars will come together to honor the late musical great Kenny Rogers. The CBS special, Kenny Rogers: All In For The Gambler, will air on Thursday, Sept. 23 at 9/10 pm ET/PT. The event will also be available on Paramount+.
Chris Stapleton, Idina Menzel, Lady A, Lionel Richie, Little Big Town, and Reba McEntire will be heading to the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville to celebrate the life and career of the Country Hall of Famer who passed away in March of 2020. The live performance will include musical acts and stories about his life and career.
Kenny Rogers’s close friend Dolly Parton will also be joining the star-studded line-up to share memories of her time performing with Rogers. Parton and Rogers had an accumulation of 30 years traveling and singing together before he decided to retire and spend more time with his family. The last time the duo sang together was at his farewell tour in 2017.
“Working with Dolly is always emotional because we have so much history together,” Kenny Rogers said in a 2017 interview.
“We loved each other to death,” Parton said in a podcast after learning of her friend’s passing. “We were so funny together, we both had a crazy sense of humor. … We’d just hit each other’s funny bones. He touched me in a way that made me laugh like other people didn’t. And I was the same way with him.”
“Kenny Rogers’ enormous impact on country music was matched only by the love all the artists and fans showed Kenny on this incredible night,” said CBS executive producers Keith Wortman and Ken Levitan. “We are so thrilled to share this special with his friends, family, and fans all around the world as he will remain forever in our hearts.”
The Life of Kenny Rogers
Three-time Grammy Award-winning artist Kenny Rogers passed away from natural causes on March 21st, 2020, at home with his family.
Rogers spent over 60 years in the musical industry, but it wasn’t until 1976 when he released Love Lifted Me Up, that he found a home in the world of country music. He found unimaginable success as a Nashville artist and went on to write twenty-five top-ten albums and eleven number-one albums. Kenny Rogers also carried 12 singles to the number one spot on the country Billboards.
The Hey, Good Lookin’ artist also spent some time on the silver screen. He enjoyed cameos on popular TV series like How I Met Your Mother and Touched by an Angel. But most notably, he starred in The Gambler, which was named after his Grammy-winning single. He also won a Western Heritage Award for his documentary The Real West.
“In a career that spanned more than six decades, Kenny Rogers left an indelible mark on the history of American music,” announced the Rogers family on the day of his death. ” His songs have endeared music lovers and touched the lives of millions around the world.”