Kenneth Ray Rogers (21 August 1938 – 20 March 2020) was an American singer, songwriter, musician, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur. He was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013. Rogers was particularly popular with country audiences but also charted more than 420 hit singles across various genres, topping the country and pop album charts for more than 200 individual weeks in the United States alone. He sold more than 100 million records worldwide during his lifetime, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time. His fame and career spanned multiple genres: jazz, folk, pop, rock, and country.
== Quotes ==
I see the town Where we were born, I see the place We were raised, I see all the things you wanted That I never gave. I see sadness, I see sorrow, I see pain in your face, But I just can't see A stranger in my place.
"A Stranger in My Place" (co-written with Kin Vassy), on Something's Burning (1970)I can see now Where you might grow tired of dreams That don't come true, I can see where I have fallen short Of the things I promised you. I can see now through my tear filled eyes no love on your face, I must get used to seein' strangers in my place.
"A Stranger in My Place" (co-written with Kin Vassy), on Something's Burning (1970)You touched my soul with your beautiful song You even had me singin' along right with you, you said "I need you", then you changed the words and added harmony Then you sang the song you had written for me to someone new Oh, but nobody sings a love song quite like you do Oh, and nobody else can make me sing along Nobody else can make me feel things are right When I know they're wrong, Nobody sings a love song quite like you.
"Sweet Music Man", on Daytime Friends (1977) · Kenny Rogers performance · Tribute cover by Dolly Parton and Alison KraussSing your song sweet music man, I believe in you.
"Sweet Music Man", on Daytime Friends (1977)Something's got a hold on me It's cheap but it ain' free Love or somethin like it's got a hold on me.
"Love or Something Like It" (co-written with Steven Glassmeyer), on Love or Something Like It (1978)Right when a man's, doin all that he planned And he thinks he's got just what he needs Life will deliver, a shot that will shiver him Drivin him down to his knees Make him start giving, living, livin' again. Well it's your mind, that tricks you in believin' everytime Love will turn you around, turn you around Well it's your heart, that talks you into stayin' where you are Love will turn you around, turn you around.
"Love Will Turn You Around" (co-written with Thom Schuyler, David Malloy and Even Stevens), on Love Will Turn You Around (1982)When you're not here by my side There is nothing in this world for me. I guess I'm crazy Crazy for you can't you see.
"Crazy" (co-written with Richard Marx) on What About Me? (1984)If you wanna find gold Go looking in the mountains If you wanna find silver Go digging in stones If you wanna find heaven Go reading in the Bible If you wanna find love Go looking at home.
"If You Want to Find Love" (co-written with Skip Ewing and Max D. Barnes), on Back Home Again (1991)A smart man isn't necessarily one who knows all the answers, but knows where to find them.
Kenny Rogers Going Home (1995)
== Quotes about Rogers ==
You never know how much you love somebody until they’re gone. I’ve had so many wonderful years and wonderful times with my friend Kenny, but above all the music and the success I loved him as a wonderful man and a true friend.
Dolly Parton, as quoted in "Legendary country singer Kenny Rogers dies at 81" by Christina Maxouris and Alta Spells, CNN (21 March 2020)
== External links ==
Kenny Rogers' Official Site
Kenny Rogers' label