Why Was Kenny Rogers an Influential Musical Figure?

The late Kenny Rogers has earned worldwide praise for his role in promoting country music. He was highly famous in country music before passing away on March 20, 2020, leaving behind a rich legacy in the music genre. Also a songwriter, entrepreneur, actor, and record producer, he was highly popular with country audiences having released songs that topped charts. 

More than 120 of his singles have topped charts across various genres. His musical works spanned across different genres, including jazz, folk, pop, rock, and country. He has won numerous Grammy awards. He is so successful at them that he is perceived as one of the most successful crossover artists of all time. 

Kenny sold more than 100 million albums worldwide, making him one of the largest and more influential musicians of all time. He is best known for hit singles, including “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Islands In The Stream,” “Lucille,” “She Believes In Me,” and “Through The Years.”

He was born August 21, 1938, and at a young age during the 1950s, he crafted his first solo release, “That Crazy Feeling.” Kenny sang, played bass, and was an ensemble member of the New Christy Minstrels band until he set off on a solo career in the 70s. 

Kenny has sung with Lionel Richie, Dolly Parton, Sheena Easton, and many others. Musicians of all genres credit him as an inspiration for their careers and for helping to establish and group the country music genre.