Kenny Rogers, “The Gambler,” will share his lifelong lucky streak and five decades of career hits with South Florida audiences at Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino on January 28 at 8 p.m. Tickets go on sale Friday, January 6 at 2 p.m.
Known for his instantly identifiable sweetly raspy vocals and an extraordinary ability to vividly inhabit each song he performs, Rogers has sold more than 120 million records worldwide and recorded more than 65 albums during his storied 52 years in show business.
His long list of timeless classics includes an impressive 24 #1 hits including “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Lucille,” “She Believes in Me,” “Islands in the Stream” and “We’ve Got Tonight.” Two of Rogers’ albums, The Gambler and Kenny, are featured in the About.com poll of “The 200 Most Influential Country Albums Ever”, and his Greatest Hits album has sold over 24 million copies worldwide to date. He is the RIAA’s 8th best-selling male artist of all time with 1 Diamond album, 19 Platinum albums and 31 Gold albums.
Rogers has received hundreds of awards for his music and charity work, including three Grammys, 11 People’s Choice Awards, 18 American Music Awards, eight Academy of Country Music awards and five Country Music Association awards. Remaining a popular entertainer around the world, Rogers, voted the “Favorite Singer of All-Time” in a 1986 joint poll by readers of both USA Today and People, still loves touring and recording new music.
For over five decades, the gifted singer, songwriter, musician, producer, actor, photographer and entertainer has delivered memorable songs, drawing fans from many different backgrounds. Rogers is one of very few artists who have enjoyed successful careers in such a variety of genres – jazz, folk, rock, country and pop.
Houston-born Rogers formed his first band while in high school in 1956 – a rockabilly group called The Scholars (they performed on American Bandstand) – and has never quit making music. He played stand-up bass in the jazz group the Bobby Doyle Trio, and later became a member of the popular folk group, The New Christy Minstrels. The spotlight started focusing on Rogers when his group, The First Edition, scored their first hit, “I Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In), which was followed by the pop and country chart success of “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town.”
Rogers’ solo career shot into the stratosphere with the #1 hit, “Lucille,” which was named the CMA’s Single of the Year and was certified Gold. “Daytime Friends,” “Sweet Music Man,” and “Love Or Something Like It” continued his run of success. Then came “The Gambler,” a story song so vivid it not only delighted country and pop fans, it also became a TV movie, starring Rogers himself in the title role. The movie spawned four follow-ups, making it the longest running miniseries franchise on television. The five Gambler mini-series have attracted over 100 million viewers nationwide and launched a second career for Rogers as an actor on television and movies.
In the 1980s, Rogers’ romantic country hits “Through The Years,” “She Believes In Me,” “You Decorated My Life,” and “Lady” – the biggest song of his career – quickly became classics.
In 1999, after forming his own record company, Dreamcatcher Entertainment, Rogers returned to the charts in a big way with the hit, “The Greatest.” When the follow-up, “Buy Me a Rose,” hit #1 in 2000, Rogers, at age 61, became the oldest artist in chart history to have a #1 solo record in any format.
With his unique storytelling ability and soulful voice, Kenny has continued his amazing run into the 21st century with a critically acclaimed album (Water and Bridges) and hit single, “I Can’t Unlove You,” a gold certified record (21 Number Ones), and the singer’s first inspirational gospel album – The Love of God released last March (available exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store locations throughout the United States and at www.crackerbarrel.com). For additional information on Kenny Rogers please visit www.KennyRogers.com
Tickets cost $69, $59 and $49*; all seats are reserved and available at all Ticketmaster outlets online at www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone: 1-800-745-3000. Doors open one-hour prior to show start time. *Additional fees may apply