Kenny Rogers was a Grammy Award-winning American country music singer, songwriter, musician, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur whose best known songs include “The Gambler,” “Islands in the Stream” and “Lucille”. He sold more than 100 million records worldwide during his lifetime, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. His 1970s albums The Gambler and Kenny went 5x platinum and 3x platinum, respectively. Rogers also acted in several films and television series. He starred as race car driver Brewster Baker in the 1982 comedy/drama film Six Pack.
Born Kenneth Ray Rogers on August 21, 1938 in Houston, Texas, to parents Lucille Lois and Edward Floyd Rogers, he was of Irish and Native American descent. He was educated at Wharton Elementary School, George Washington Junior High School, and Jefferson Davis High School (now Northside High School). Rogers also attended the University of Houston in Houston, Texas, but did not graduate. He was married five times and had four sons named Christopher, Jordan, Justin and Kenny Jr. as well as a daughter named Carole. On March 20, 2020, Rogers died under hospice care in Sandy Springs, Georgia from natural causes, at age 81.
Kenny Rogers Personal Details:
Date Of Birth: 21 August 1938
Birth Place: Houston, Texas, USA
Date of Death: March 20, 2020
Death Place: Sandy Springs, Georgia, USA
Cause of Death: Natural causes
Birth Name: Kenneth Ray Rogers
Nicknames: Kenny, The Gambler
Zodiac Sign: Leo
Occupation: Singer, Songwriter, Musician, Actor, Record producer, Entrepreneur
Hair Color: Gray
Eye Color: Blue
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Kenny Rogers Body Statistics:
Weight in Pounds: 170 lbs
Weight in Kilogram: 77 kg
Height in Feet: 5′ 10½”
Height in Meters: 1.79 m
Body Build/Type: Average
Shoe Size: N/A
Kenny Rogers Family Details:
Father: Edward Floyd Rogers (1904–1975) (Carpenter)
Mother: Lucille Lois (née Hester; 1910–1991), (Nurse’s assistant)
Spouse/Wife: Wanda Miller (m. 1997–2020), Marianne Gordon (m. 1977–1993), Margo Anderson (m. 1964–1976), Jean Rogers (m. 1960–1963), Janice Gordon (m. 1958–1960)
Children: Christopher Cody Rogers, Carole Rogers, Jordan Edward Rogers, Justin Charles Rogers, Kenny Rogers Jr.
Siblings: Lelan Rogers (Older Brother) (Record Producer) (d. 2002), Roy Rogers (Brother), Billy Rogers (Brother), Randy Rogers (Brother), Geraldine Rogers (Sister), Barbara Rogers (Sister), Sandy Rogers (Sister)
Kenny Rogers Education:
Wharton Elementary School
George Washington Junior High School
Jefferson Davis High School (now Northside High School) (1956)
University of Houston (Did not graduate)
Music groups: Kenny Rogers and The First Edition (1967 – 1975), The New Christy Minstrels (Since 1966)
Kenny Rogers Facts:
*He was born on August 21, 1938 in Houston, Texas, USA.
*He won a talent show at the Texan Theatre in 1949.
*His signature song, 1978’s “The Gambler”, was a crossover hit that won him a Grammy Award in 1980 and was selected in 2018 for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress.
*He was named “Favorite Singer of All Time” in a “PM Magazine/USA Today” poll in 1986.
*He was voted “Favorite Male Vocalist” by People magazine readers in 1989.
*He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013.
*He owned a franchise of roast chicken restaurants called “Kenny Rogers Roasters”.
*Visit his official website: www.kennyrogers.com