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https://variety.com/2020/music/news/kenny-rogers-dead-dies-1203541233/

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Country Music Icon Kenny Rogers Dies at 81

 

Vocalist Kenny Rogers, who dominated the pop and country charts in the 1970s and 1980s with a string of sleekly tailored hits and won three Grammys, has died. He was 81. Rogers “passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family,” a representative for the singer said in a statement. Due to the  national COVID-19 emergency, the family is planning a small private service at this time with a public memorial planned for a later date.

 

Rogers had announced a farewell tour in 2015 and was able to keep it going through December 2017. In April 2018, shortly before he was to spend a few months finishing out the tour after a break, he announced that he was having to call off the remaining dates (including a planned appearance at the Stagecoach Festival in California), due to unspecified “health challenges.” “I didn’t want to take forever to retire,” Rogers said his April 2018 statement. “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to say farewell to the fans over the course of the past two years on ‘The Gambler’s Last Deal’ tour. I could never properly thank them for the encouragement and support they’ve given me throughout my career and the happiness I’ve experienced as a result of that.”

 

 

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You've got to know when to hold 'em
Know when to fold 'em
Know when to walk away
And know when to run
You never count your money
When you're sittin' at the table
There'll be time enough for countin'
When the dealin's done

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My wife is a huge fan of his, she's seen him a bunch of times.

We went to see him at the casino a few years ago on his farewell tour and she got to meet him and get a picture, then during the concert he looked for her and threw her a tambourine, it was pretty cool.

 

She'll miss him a lot that's for sure.

 

R.i.p. Kenny, true country legend.

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16 minutes ago, Dan T. said:

Ruby Don't Take Your Love to Town is a dark, achingly painful yet compelling song. The covers by The Killers and Cake are very good, but Rogers' original is the best.

 

 

Psst...not the original.  From the info below the video you posted:

 

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 "Ruby" was originally recorded in 1967 by Johnny Darrell, who scored a number nine country hit with it that year.

 

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