Life as it unfolds... by country music song writer Ben Krahne

The Gambler Gets Highest Country Music Honor

It's a path that the Coward of the County isn't likely to follow should he know where to find it. The Gambler must know just when to fold, and when it's best to hold onto what you've got. Of course, country music legend, Kenny Rogers, is a lot more than a singer. Here's an entertainer that gave every concert attender a close to the stage seat. It's things like this that get an song writer inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame, and last Sunday, Rogers accepted the honor with tears in his eyes.

The first song I remember hearing by Kenny Rogers was Ruby, released in 1972. One person on YouTube couldn't believe that Kenny "used to be cool." Well, yeah. He was also cool in the 80s, and he's still pretty cool for a man his age. To the commentor in mention, may you be able to maintain a distinctly cool persona as you approach 80.

In the video below you see Kenny Rogers is as he was in the 1970s, complete with an earring, aviator shades, and long hair performing Ruby with a girl in go-go boots. Back then this was the height of cool. Now they think it's cool because its retro.



Rogers is a singer-songwriter, producer, and an actor.  Still handsome at the age of 75, The Love of God is the latest in his string of 65 albums released over the span of his legendary 52 year career. You might be wondering how a country music singer can give his fans so many front-row seats. Simple. He used to put the stage in the center of the venue so that everyone there would enjoy the show at the closest range possible. That's thoughtful. It gives the public a great show, and demonstrates just how important his fans are to the man.

While The Gambler will always be the song that Rogers is most remembered by, there are literally hundreds of country songs he has recorded. It's hard to keep that many tunes in mind. It's not like we've had to memorize the list for a history quiz, but with so many good Kenny tunes, it's no wonder he's reached the Hall of Fame. Other oldies but goodies include You Picked A Fine Time To Leave Me Lucille, Rueben James, Don't Fall In Love With A Dreamer, Daytime Friends, and lets not overlook his duet with Dolly Parton, Islands In The Stream.

Here's the the title track for Kenny's latest new album that was released earlier this month, You Can't Make Old Friends. One certainly can't argue that point, it takes years to build that kind of connection. It takes decades of dedication to be inducted into the Hall of Fame too.



Congratulations, Kenny.

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