Only one man can say he’s had Oprah Winfrey and Dolly Parton sing background vocals for him…and even at the same time. Kenny Rogers has lived an extraordinary life and if you missed the premiere of Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years, we’ve got you covered. You can catch it this Sunday, March 13 at 8 p.m. Eastern. See other air times here!
Think you know everything about The Gambler? We bet you just might learn something new in this week’s GAC Trivia Time.*
Aug 21, 1938 – Kenny Rogers was born in St. Joseph’s Infirmary in Houston
Jul 11, 1967 – One day after leaving The New Christy Minstrels, Kenny Rogers forms The First Edition with Thelma Camacho, Mike Settle and Terry Williams
Mar 27, 1973 – Kenny Rogers & The First Edition’s “Greatest Hits” album goes gold
Aug 5, 1976 – Kenny records “Lucille” during an afternoon session at the American Studio in Nashville
Jun 3, 1977 – A 10-piece string section is overdubbed onto Kenny Rogers’ recording of “Sweet Music Man” during a 6 p.m. session at the Jack Clement Studios in Nashville
Jun 16, 1978 – Kenny records “The Gambler” in a morning session at Nashville’s Jack Clement Studio, returning in the late-afternoon to cut “All I Ever Need Is You” with Dottie West
Feb 5, 1979 – Kenny Rogers buys George Jones‘ Possum Holler club in Nashville’s Printer’s Alley for $250,000
Sep 14, 1979 – Kenny Rogers receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame
Nov 12, 1979 – Kenny Rogers begins filming “The Gambler” for TV
Aug 19, 1983 – RCA releases Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton’s “Islands In The Stream”
Jan 19, 1997 – Kenny Rogers performs at “The 53rd Presidential Inaugural Gala” for Bill Clinton, along with Trisha Yearwood, Aretha Franklin, Sandi Patty, James Taylor, Kenny G and Stevie Wonder
Jun 7, 2002 – Kenny Rogers makes his Grand Ole Opry debut, performing “The Gambler” and “Buy Me A Rose”
Oct 19, 2009 – Kenny Rogers is featured as the narrator of a children’s book on the CBS sitcom “How I Met Your Mother”
May 21, 2010 – Dolly Parton and Oprah Winfrey sing background vocals as Kenny Rogers performs “The Gambler” on “The Oprah Winfrey Show”
And remember…you got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em, know when to walk away and know when to run.
*Kenny Rogers trivia courtesy of RolandNote.com, the ultimate country music database!