Monday, March 23, 2020

Kenny Rogers: A Tribute From Henri Gann (The Trekkers)

Life has a way of simplifying things. Just when we were mesmerized by the news day after day with the spread of the Corona virus and states and countries lockdown to prevent the pandemic, stock market crashes that robbed us of our paper wealth, our thoughts are halted by the news of Kenny Rogers death last night.

I have never been a fan of Kenny but when I went through his list of hits, I find myself listening to music that was once my favorite. Just listen to 'Ruby Don't Take Your Love to Town' (1969) which to this day still rhymes in my head when I think of Kenny. How about 'Islands in the Stream' (1983) with Dolly Parton. I remember hearing from others or even finding myself singing to the high pitch portion of the tune. 
And in my quiet moments sitting in an airport lounge or restaurants or driving my car through the busy traffic of the LA Freeway, I would find myself humming to the tune of 'Lucille' (1977), 'We've Got Tonight' (1983) with Sheena Easton, a song which best described as will bring tears in your eyes and likewise with 'Through the Years'(1981) and 'Don't Fall in Love' with a 'Dreamer' (1980) with Kim Carnes.

Kenny had his hit with Sheena when she was at her peak career, an unusual combination for two rock stars at that time. Dolly in 'Today' (2017) said Kenny was always like a brother to her. Kim Carnes multi Grammy journey and famous for her hit 'Bette Davis Eyes' took her duets further by doing a duet  with Kenny Rogers after a successful hit of 'Make No Mistake He's Mine' with Barbara Streisand.
Here's his family farewell release on Kenny Rogers who passed away at the age of 81 late Friday, March 20, 2020.

"Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family..

The family said they were planning a small private service out of concern for the national COVID-19 emergency."

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

A three-time Grammy winner who sold tens of millions of records

He went on to have 24 number one hits and was a six-time Country Music Association Awards winner.

AFP News March 21, 2020.
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In 2013 Rogers was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.


This tribute was written by Henri Gann (L.A. California).

Watching him live by Joey Koh.


Anonymous said...

Thanks for taking the time to write another great article.

FRED CHING said...

Brother Andy,

I have had the opportunity of a lifetime: seeing and hearing multi Grammy country-pop legend Kenny Rogers twice in Singapore. During his “Final Tour” concert here in 2016, he displayed an amazing attitude and joyfulness even though you could see sometimes he was tired... he is such an inspiration.

The one thing I remember most was how he complimented Singapore and the wonderful audience with a song, “You Are So Beautiful”. He was so gracious and thank us for coming to share his 57 years career that lovely evening.

We may no longer see him “Live”, but he live on in the hearts and memories of his countless world-wide fans. To Kenny... no longer with us but always in our thoughts.🙏🙏🙏



I loved quite a number of his songs, and performed them on stage and the ppl loved it too.

He is indeed an amazing superstar, RIP KENNY ROGERS 💖🌹🙏


He is one of country music legendary singers often with his soul mate Dolly Parton who is a legendary country music female singer.
Love many of the duets.

ANDY: Pop Music Not Pills. © said...

Cheers everyone and thanks for the positive comments from, FRED (especially), FREDA and MICHAEL. Appreciate your constant support for the blog. That's friendship on FB.