His first Christmas album was also released that same year. In a recording career dating back to the s, Rogers moved from teenage rock'n'roll through psychedelic rock to become a country-pop crossover artist of the s and s. He stayed with the folk group for a year, leaving with several other bandmembers -- Mike Settle, Terry Williams, and Thelma Lou Camacho -- in to form the First Edition. So he, and Burgundy, and an old friend of his, Ethan Cassidy sets for the game which is in San Francisco. Sign in with Facebook Other Sign in options. This page was last edited on 14 September , at This album was another success, going to No.
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Then he bummed a cigarette and asked me for a light. And the night got deathly quiet, and his face lost all expression.
Said, "If you're gonna play the game, boy, ya gotta learn to play it right. You 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. Now Ev'ry gambler knows that the secret to survivin' Is knowin' what to throw away and knowing what to keep. And somewhere in the darkness the gambler, he broke even.
But in his final words I found an ace that I could keep. Lyrics taken from http: If this song really means something special to you, describe your feelings and thoughts.
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I have to laugh about what the chorus has to say about dating and loving; gotta know when to hold them, know when to fold them, know to walk away and know when to run! And "the secret to surviving is knowing what to throw away and knowing what to keep", and every hand's a winner and a loser. Write about your feelings and thoughts about The Gambler Know what this song is about? Does it mean anything special hidden between the lines to you? Share your meaning with community, make it interesting and valuable.
Make sure you've read our simple tips Hey! Also we collected some tips and tricks for you: Don't write just "I love this song. The rest as they say is history: And that's just the musical side of Rogers. Throughout the '80s, Rogers remained a celebrity, even when his sales were declining. Even during the '90s, when he rarely charted, his name, face, and music were recognizable in a series of concerts, television specials, films, and even fast-food restaurants.
Like many country superstars, Rogers came from humble roots. Born in Houston, Texas, Rogers and his seven siblings were raised in one of the poorest sections of town. Nevertheless, he progressed through high school, all the while learning how to play guitar and fiddle. When he was a senior, he played in a rockabilly band called the Scholars, who released three singles, including "Kangewah," which was written by Louella Parsons.
In , he briefly attended the University of Texas, but he soon dropped out to play bass in the jazz combo the Bobby Doyle Three. While he was with the group, Rogers continued to explore other musical venues and played bass on Mickey Gilley's single "Is It Wrong. He didn't stay long with Stone and soon landed a solo record contract with Mercury. Rogers released a handful of singles on Mercury, all of which failed. Once Mercury dropped the singer, he joined the New Christy Minstrels in He stayed with the folk group for a year, leaving with several other bandmembers -- Mike Settle, Terry Williams, and Thelma Lou Camacho -- in to form the First Edition.
By the end of , the group had its own syndicated television show, but sales were drying up. They left Reprise the following year, signing to Rogers' new label, Jolly Rogers. None of their singles became major hits, though a version of Merle Haggard's "Today I Started Loving You Again" reached the lower regions of the country charts late in Rogers left the group in , and the band broke up the following year.
At the time the band broke up, Rogers was severely in debt and Jolly Rogers was out of business. In order to jump-start his career, he signed to United Artists in , and with the help of producer Larry Butler, he devised an accessible, radio-ready, and immaculately crafted take on country-pop that leaned toward adult contemporary pop, not country.
For the next six years, Rogers had a steady string of Top Ten hits on both the country and pop charts. His crossover success is important -- his lush, easy listening productions and smooth croons showed that country stars could conquer the pop audience, if produced and marketed correctly. During the late '70s and early '80s, much of country radio was dominated either by urban cowboy or country-pop in the vein of Rogers' own singles.
Not only did his singles sell well, but so did his albums, with every record he released between 's Kenny Rogers and 's Once Upon a Christmas going gold or platinum. By the beginning of the '80s, Rogers' audience was as much pop as it was country, and singles like his cover of Lionel Richie's "Lady" confirmed that fact, spending six weeks at the top of the pop charts.
Rogers also began performing duets with pop singers like Kim Carnes "Don't Fall in Love with a Dreamer," number three country, number four pop, and Sheena Easton "We've Got Tonight," number one country, number six pop, Rogers also began making inroads into television and film, appearing in a number of TV specials and made-for-TV movies, including 's Six Pack and two movies based on his songs "The Gambler" and "Coward of the County.
Written by the Bee Gees and produced by Barry Gibb, the record became one of his biggest hits, spending two weeks on the top of both the country and pop charts. Rogers stayed at RCA for five years, during which time he alternated between MOR, adult contemporary pop, and slick country-pop. The hits didn't come as often as they used to, and they were frequently competing with releases from Liberty's vaults, but he managed to log five number one singles for the label, in addition to "Islands in the Stream": Despite his country successes, he no longer had pop crossover hits.
Nevertheless, Rogers' concerts continued to be popular, as did his made-for-TV movies. Still, the lack of blockbuster records meant that RCA failed to renew his contract when it expired in Throughout the late '80s and '90s, Rogers kept busy with charity work, concerts, his fast-food chain Kenny Rogers' Roasters, television specials, movies, and photography, publishing no less than two books, Kenny Rogers' America and Kenny Rogers: