R.I.P. Kenny Rogers

The Gambler has left the building.

Legendary country singer, television star, and Texan Kenny Rogers folded ’em and exited the mortal coil yesterday evening.

“The Gambler” is a favorite shower singing song of mine, and in general I find comfort in it in both good and bad times. We often overcomplicate some of life’s most simple decisions, and I think “The Gambler” speaks to that. I’ve posted it and several other famous and favorite Kenny Rogers songs below.

Here are some fun Kenny facts:

Kenny owned some goats and alpacas.

Here’s a funny excerpt from Southern Living regarding how Kenny started acquiring farm animals:

We bought a llama and a goat, and something else. I had a farm in Athens, Georgia. We bought these animals, and I thought llamas would be I was, after surgery, all my Oxycontin, and things were a bit blurry with me. And I was watching a show and they said, I love alpacas, and I turned to my wife and I said, I think I do! And so we ordered three of ‘. And by the time they got there. It was really fun. I mean, I enjoyed it, but then they spit on me. I said ok, out. We had to build the shed farm and then air conditioning and put water. It was a lot of trouble.

An accomplished athlete, Kenny once faked out Michael Jordan.
Kenny was also a pro-level tennis player.

kenny tennis

 

R.I.P Kenny. Thank you for bringing joy into the world.

Author: Keelin Billue

Chicago-based writer by way of Alabama, New Orleans, and Nashville. Writes primarily about music, sports (sort of), and the topics that piss people off at work and family holidays.

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