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Legendary country music singer Kenny Rogers dies

Prime News, International, Singing, Music, Los Angeles (USA), March 21:- Legendary country music singer Kenny Rogers, best known for global hits such as “Lucille,” “Lady,” “The Gambler” and “Islands in the Stream,”, has passed away at his residence in Sandy Springs, Georgia. He was 81.

Rogers is survived by Wanda Miller, his wife of 22 years, and the couple’s twin sons, Justin and Jordan.

“Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family,” his family said in a statement, adding that they were planning a small private service “out of concern for the national Covid-19 emergency.”

Kenny Rogers left an indelible mark on the history of American music.

“His songs have endeared music lovers and touched the lives of millions around the world,” said the statement posted by his representative Keith Hagan.

Singing in a husky voice that exuded sincerity and warmth, Rogers sold well over 100 million records in a career that spanned seven decades. He had 21 No. 1 country hits, including two – Lady, written and produced by Lionel Richie, and Islands In The Stream, composed by the Bee Gees and performed with Dolly Parton – that reached No. 1 on the pop chart as well.

By the time he retired from performing for health reasons in 2018, Rogers had placed more than 50 singles in the country Top 40, of which 20 also appeared in the pop Top 40. Long before the ascendancy of Garth Brooks and Shania Twain in the 1990s, he was among the first country artists to sell out arenas.

Rogers’ popularity stemmed partly from his genial persona and rugged good looks but also from his ability to inhabit his material, which, he often said, was of two main types: love songs like You Decorated My Life and narrative ballads like The Gambler and Lucille. (Inputs: Agencies, NGB)

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