The Recording Academy announced the song that catapulted Kenny Rogers’s career, “The Gambler,” would be included in their 29 recordings for their Hall of Fame in 2021.
The academy will also recognize Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris for their collaboration on the album Trio.
The iconic hit of a legendary career, “The Gambler,” debuted in 1978. In 1976, Don Schlitz wrote the song, and Bobby Bare recorded a version before Rogers made it the hit it continues to be decades later.
The Academy announced the 2021 inductees to the Grammy Hall of Fame with 12 songs and 17 albums of various genres, ranging from country to hip-hop, soul music, and grunge.
Other inductees include Solitude by Billie Holiday and We Are the World featuring Michael Jackson and other ’80s pop stars.
Dolly Parton To Be Recognized Alongside Late Friend, Kenny Rogers
Meanwhile, Trio was a collaboration between three extremely successful female artists. Parton, Ronstadt, and Harris got the idea for a partnership while bonding over The Carter Family. However, their record labels lacked excitement for the project, saying the album would take away from their solo careers.
The labels would have to eat their words when in 1978, their partnership paid off with a Grammy win. In addition, Trio produced four hit singles and multiple ACM and CMA awards.