March 21, 2020

"Well, I couldn't believe it when I got up this morning and turned on the TV, checking to see what the coronavirus was doing, and they told me that my friend and singing partner, Kenny Rogers, had passed away..."

44 comments:

Big Mike said...

And somewhere in the darkness
The gambler he broke even ...

Gahrie said...

RIP Kenny.

Howard said...

Kinney was the real Dude

Gusty Winds said...

She is total class.

Bay Area Guy said...

Great singer, enjoyed his work for decades. 81 years is a good life.

RIP, Kenny.

BleachBit-and-Hammers said...

Dolly Pardon is eternally lovely.

pacwest said...

She didnt know what condition his condition was in. RIP

Nichevo said...


Howard said...
Kinney was the real Dude

3/21/20, 10:19 AM



Is this you taking the piss again?

Yancey Ward said...

I got to see him in concert a couple of times. Was fan of his from an early age.

Birkel said...

Dolly Parton is all class. She's charitable in word and deed. Long ago she would feed the few homeless she encountered; she took them to Waffle House, upon occasion. And she has donated books in honor of her father.

Kenny Rogers will be missed but his music stands the test of time. It seems he had a good run.

Howard said...

Good morning, Nichevo. You got to be kidding me the guy is one of the most successful artists of all time in a number of different Medias. He never seem to take himself too seriously. I don't know maybe you're too young to remember how wildly successful the man was and how broad has crossover appeal reached.

BleachBit-and-Hammers said...

I'm not a big fan of country western music. I don't dislike it, but I'm not a natural fan of it. I watched much of the Ken Burns History of Country Western Music on PBS. It pulled me in and glued me. Highly recommend.

Country Western music is loved by many people I know, so I get to hear it when I'm around them. Heard "The gambler" just a few weeks ago. Classic. Kenny's voice is one of the best.
RIP.

Roughcoat said...

I met Dolly Parton -- actually worked with her for a few nights. Very nice, very genuine person, and very professional. Also put on a great show. This was when she was broadening her audience, crossing over from hard-core CW to more Americana-type music. The audiences were mostly non-country people, and they gave her standing ovations. Which she more than deserved.

Curious George said...

Guess it was time to fold them.

Monk said...

RIP Kenny Rogers

"It wasn't me who started that crazy Asian war,
but I was proud to go and do my patriotic chore."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tDOznxiEcdM&t=80s

rcocean said...

He and Dolly made a good musical duo. Loved the Gambler, sorry to see him go, but 81 isn't young. RIP.

William said...

I don't know that much about Kenny Rogers, but those were nice words that Dolly Parton said. She always seems sincere and kindly. There's considerable evidence that she's as nice as she claims to be.

bbear said...

I met him for a minute once back when he was Kenny Rogers & The First Edition...

Remember 'Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town'? Huge crossover hit! Mel Tillis wrote it, Waylon Jennings had recorded it in 1966, Johnny Darrell had a Top 10 country hit with it in 1967...

I read once somewhere that Kenny fell upon hard times after that, that he was impoverished and living in a little apartment in LA. But fortune smiled again when he convinced the music industry he could sing ballads, thus disproving Fitzgerald's assertion that there are no second acts in American lives...

Anyway, Rest in Peace, Kenny...

Nichevo said...

Howard said...
Good morning, Nichevo. You got to be kidding me the guy is one of the most successful artists of all time in a number of different Medias.

GM Howard. No, I ask because you spelled his fucking name wrong, and my operating assumption is that when you type like a rhesus on crack, you have your clown nose on.

Kate said...

My mom had Kenny Rogers on 8-track. I know a lot of his music, and may he RIP.

Dolly's the one who made me cry just now. Her voice is so soothing, her words are so heartfelt. I don't know if my 23 year old son knows who Rogers is, but he sure knows Dolly. She crosses all categories and age groups. Can she just speak to us every day during the coronavirus? She can talk about her pets, or whatever.

Howard said...

Nichevo, now is not the time to act like a little bitch. Buck up. Kinney is how his name is pronounced in his native South. It's a term of endearment, but thanks for playing.

Laslo Spatula said...

Kenny Rogers Roasters Seinfeld comment.

I am Laslo.

traditionalguy said...

Dolly is the best mountain Scots Irish girl of them all. You can’t ask for more. Her accent is real too. Kenny Rogers was lucky to have her for a friend.

Inga said...

Goodbye Kenny.

daskol said...

I know the lyrics to every tune on his 1980 greatest hits record, which my foreign born mother bought on release (vinyl) and played endlessly around the house. All three of my kids went to sleep to the dulcet sounds of my rendition of the Gambler, my favorite of his tunes. He picked a fine time to leave.

Big Mike said...

@Howard, nice try. Actually, not even that.

Dad29 said...

She is total class.

A musician who worked with Dolly spent 2 full minutes of his show praising her to the heights as a person AND as a professional. And if anyone knows a musician, it's another one who worked in the same studio recording music with them.

Meade said...

"Kinney is how his name is pronounced in his native South. It's a term of endearment"

Keyanney, if you really listen.

rehajm said...

If you lived in the south at the time Kenny Rogers played on AM radio on a loop. A mega star that reached so many people...

If Dolly goes before me I will sob uncontrollably...

daskol said...

Ke-Laurel if your ears work funny.

Meade said...

People, in November there was peace unknown
Then came December over'n old Wuhan
We were kept outside but
There was something going wrong

Now you do something to me but I must explain
6 ft. no closer, just absorb the pain
Fifteen days all apart
And we'll defeat the enemy

15 days quar'n'tined
It requires a dedication
All this love we feel needs careful calibration
We're all in this together, ah ha
Crush this virus together ah ha

Virus in the air
That is what we war
6 feet in between
Must not get this wrong
Stay away from me
So we save the world
And we'll rely on each other, ah ha
One non-spreader from another, ah ha

cubanbob said...

Mead gotta admit that was funny but still it's a bit cold.

Meade said...

Kenny would understand.

Nichevo said...

Kinney is how his name is pronounced in his native South. It's a term of endearment


Is that so? I had no idea.

tcrosse said...

Are there any Southern writers who render Northern accents as dialect? (Of course, we northerners don't have accents.)

Huisache said...

I suggest listening to the Dolly Parton's America podcast, hosted by the creator of Radiolab. I haven't finished it myself, but it's been surprisingly fascinating so far.

exiledonmainstreet, green-eyed devil said...

My favorite Kenny Rogers song is not one of his country ones, but the very groovy "Just Dropped In) to See What Condition My Condition Was In."

"Ruby" is a good song too. I expect it hit home for many Vietnam vets.

Rick.T. said...

Dolly knows you can’t make old friends:

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=chBNBzE35EI

Saw him at the Randy Travis tribute a couple years ago. Had just had knee replacement surgery and was moving with great difficulty. Voice still good but not that strong.

Howard said...

In answer to tcrosse's question: Elmore Leonard. FYI, the only parts of the US without accents are the west coast and parts of New Hampshire and Vermont.

Bay Area Guy said...

I like Dolly too. Beautiful, vivacious and really, really talented.

rcocean said...

Dolly Parton is the greatest. She's song some great duets, not just with Rodgers, but others. I like the Kauss-Parton duet of "Sweet Music man".

Its amazing the Gambler was recorded by Rodgers in '78. I remember seeing him on the Muppet Show and I think he song it.

donald said...

Dolly, Linda and Emmy Lou. ❤️.

I knew a girl in 1979 who knew him pretty well. Really, really well.

Earnest Prole said...

Let’s let Adam Carolla and Norm MacDonald send Kenny Rogers off in style, shall we?

Kirk Parker said...

tcrosse,

"Are there any Southern writers who render Northern accents as dialect?"

"All Southern fiction will be called grotesque by the northern critic, unless it really is grotesque, in which case it will be called realistic." --Flannery O'Connor