Grammy Award-Winning Country Vocalist Kenny Rogers Dies at 81

Actor-singer Kenny Rogers, the smooth, Grammy-winning balladeer who spanned jazz, folk, country and pop with such hits as “Lucille,” “Lady” and “Islands in the Stream” and embraced his persona as “The Gambler” on record and on TV, died Friday night. He was 81. He died at home in Sandy Springs, Georgia, representative Keith Hagan told…

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Kenny Rogers, pop-country singer of ‘The Gambler’ who dominated 1970s music charts, dies at 81 – The Washington Post

Kenny Rogers, a grizzled, raspy-voiced country-pop crooner who specialized in narrative-driven ballads such as “Lucille” and “The Gambler,” the latter of which sent its life-as-a-card-game refrain echoing through popular culture, died March 20 at his home in Sandy Springs, Ga. He was 81.A representative confirmed the death to the Associated Press but did not cite…

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