Kenny Rogers: "Luck Or Something Like It: A Memoir"

Kenny Rogers: "Luck Or Something Like It: A Memoir"

Country music superstar Kenny Rogers talks about his five decades in show business. The artist who "knows when to hold 'em and knows when to fold 'em" describes a golden era of country music and offers a backstage pass to a musician's life on the road.

Kenny Rogers is known worldwide as an award-winning pop and country singer. But many fans don’t know he began his career 50 years ago singing in a doo-wop group at his Texas high school. He played stand-up bass in a jazz trio before joining a rock band in the late 1960s. It was with the band First Edition that Kenny Rogers found fame with the song, “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town.” In 1977, he launched a solo career in country music with the hit “Lucille.” He soon became known for his story songs like “The Gambler.” Diane talks with Kenny Rogers about his journey from a Houston housing project to becoming one of the best-selling artists of all time.


Kenny Rogers

three-time Grammy Award winner and recipient of 18 American Music Awards, eight Academy of Country Music Awards and five Country Music Association Awards.

Video: From The Studio

Grammy Award-winning musician Kenny Rogers broke into song while in studio as he described his mother's reaction to his 1977 ballad, "Lucille."

Read An Excerpt

Excerpted from "Luck or Something Like It: A Memoir" by Kenny Rogers. Copyright 2012 by Kenny Rogers. Reprinted here by permission of William Morrow. All rights reserved.

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