The late Kenny Rogers is a legend of his own. His music stands the test of time. But it’s his character that defines the man. He was humble and grounded. He earned accolades in country music and has decades of awards. While he has numerous TV performances, perhaps one of his best is his last appearance on television with Dolly Parton. The two perform a rendition of the famed “The Gambler.” It was the last time the song was sung live.
It’s a sparkling moment in his career. The performance was originally captured October 25th, 2017, at Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena. It was a performance that wowed his audience.
The singer died of natural causes at the age of 81. However, his music will live on.
In a CBS special entitled Kenny Rogers: All In for the Gambler, which aired this week, country music stars honored the late Rogers. This included Reba McEntire, Lionel Richie, Chris Stapleton and Little Bigtown.
It also featured Rogers and Parton’s delightful duets. They make the audience go nuts with their “Islands in the Stream” hit.
After a decades-long career with 15 Grammy award nominations, 25 CMA nominations and 23 AMA nominations, the singer finally retired in 2015. However, Rogers was more than just a singer.
Kenny Rogers on TV
Kenny Rogers actually earned his chops onscreen as an actor and earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1979. As a jack of all trades in the talent world, he was never satisfied fitting into one part. Which is also why his music was largely divided into several categories.
Friends of the longtime country star hail him as a true talent who captivated audiences in any form. This includes country’s Reba McEntire, who said she once hurt his feelings.
Though they’d been friends for years – up until his death even – the singer will never forget the moment she almost got on Rogers’ bad side.
After toying with the idea of recording “My heart Won’t lie” with Rogers, something just felt off. And Reba decided to move on and record the number one hit with Vince Gill, instead. However, she didn’t make these plans known to Rogers. And when she performed the song – well, that’s when Rogers found out.
“Kenny approached me at the CMA Awards,” she reveals. “He said, ‘Why did you do that?’ I said, ‘Kenny, I am so sorry. We were just going so fast. It’s a great, wonderful song. I never even considered coming back, and talking to you about that, and that’s one of the things I totally regret.’ I hugged his neck, and I told him I was terribly sorry. But I did not do that maliciously.”