Goodbye Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers, regarded as a “country music icon,” has passed away. He was 81.

Not only am I a fan of his music, I have some connections, largely emotional.

Years ago, right after a date when I was in college, I knew I had fallen in love for the first time. The song I was listening to at that moment was “The Gambler.” It was a cover version of a song written by Don Schlitz–the cover sung by Kenny Rogers, the first singer to put the song at no. 1 on the charts. So even though I was a poker player in college, I associate that song as much with love as with the game.

In my early journalism days, I was an editor of a college newspaper. One of my fellow students who contributed was one of Kenny Rogers’ sons. I remember him as creative and a nice guy.

Finally, I had a one act play produced for a California festival. While I haven’t verified it, that festival was apparently part of the inspiration for the Stagecoach Festival at which Kenny Rogers was scheduled to perform in his retirement tour. But he didn’t make it–he was already too ill.

As in the song “The Gambler,” Kenny Rogers has walked away. But we’ll continue to hold on to his music and his legacy.

Country Music Icon Kenny Rogers Dies at 81


About Alden Loveshade

Alden is a philosopher, personist, writer, playwright, screenwriter, director, actor, poet, photographer, dumbek drummer, roleplayer, and educator. Worked for others and freelance as a journalist, investigator, columnist, reviewer, teacher, animal caregiver, photographer, and dishwasher. Claims e doesn’t care about money, but always needs more. Recognized by Phi Theta Kappa, Golden Key International Honor Society, the U. S. Jaycees, and groups of like ilk. They don’t necessarily like em, but they recognize em. Graduated summa cum laude from some university that apparently figured the best way to get rid of em was to graduate em. Alden has worked with Emmy, Oscar, Tony, and Pulitzer Prize Nominees and Winners but they never shared their awards! Alden has dual citizenship in the Principality of Sealand and the United States of America. His official title for Sealand is Lord Alden Loveshade. E thinks that makes em sound impressive.
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12 Responses to Goodbye Kenny Rogers

  1. TawTew the Naturally Perfumed says:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. Kenny Rogers was popular even with non-country fans. He will be missed.

  2. Dairy Sharie says:

    I remember (Name removed) on the paper! He did cartoons.

    We don’t blame the posted for posting his name. For privacy reasons, the name of Kenny Rogers’ son was removed. Thanks for your comment! –TLF

  3. Pet Girl says:

    Goodbye Kenny!

  4. Dr. Sinister Craven says:

    I didn’t know you knew Kenny Rogers. He recorded some great tunes. Condolences.

  5. Miley Spears says:

    I didn’t know you knew his son? Who was your first love?

    • Miley Spears says:

      I didn’t ask what was the play?

    • As for my first love, that would be telling. I don’t mind you asking, but would prefer not to post it publicly.

      As for the play, that would be telling. Seriously, I’m currently working out some arrangements for it, so would rather not post that either. I suppose I can say it is an old west comedy.

      Sorry I’m not being very helpful!

  6. Tom T. Trucker says:

    He used to be with the First Edition. Glen Campbell played with them once.

  7. TGGR says:

    As usual, name dropping people you don’t know.

  8. Dolphin Blue says:

    Goodbye Mr. Rogers!

  9. Torker says:

    He was never the coward of the county. Rogers was a brave soul. We’ll all miss him.

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