Country music superstar Kenny Rogers will join an elite list of musical peers by being inducted into the Music City Walk of Fame on Oct. 24. Rogers will receive the 80th star on Nashville’s renowned Walk of Fame, which honors artists across multiple generations like Loretta Lynn, Ronnie Milsap, Mel Tillis, Keith Urban, Miranda Lambert and more. Rogers’ ceremony will take place the day before his star-studded “All In For The Gambler: Kenny Rogers’ Farewell Concert Celebration” on Oct. 25 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville.
“Kenny Rogers is one of the best storytellers in country music history, with one of the sweetest and most soulful voices,” Mayor Megan Barry said in a press release. “I’m so glad he’ll be able to join all the other amazing artists on the Music City Walk of Fame before he retires after nearly 60 years of making beautiful music.”
Kenny Rogers is a true living legend, having forged a prolific music career across six decades. To date, he has sold over 120 million albums worldwide. He’s released a stream of iconic hits from 39 studio albums. Singles like “Lady,” “The Gambler,” and “Coward of the County,” have busted charts. Overall, he’s scored 24 chart No. 1 singles. His critically-acclaimed duets like “Don’t Fall in Love with a Dreamer” with Kim Carnes, “We’ve Got Tonight” with Sheena Easton, and “Islands in the Stream” with Dolly Parton are legendary. He’s won three Grammy Awards and multiple CMA Awards, including the CMA Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013.
Rogers and Parton enjoyed massive success with “Islands in the Stream,” which was notably written by the Bee Gees. The track's feel-good, catchy beat, and fun, romantic lyrics caught on quickly with fans and topped multiple charts, including the Billboard Hot 100, Country and Adult Contemporary charts. The longtime friends and performing partners also released a Christmas album together in 1984 called Kenny & Dolly Once Upon a Christmas. The pair will perform together for the last time at the Bridgestone Arena musical celebration.
The Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee, is located downtown near Bridgestone Arena. The names lining the celebrated walk represent artists and music industry professionals across all music genres “who have contributed to the world through song or other industry collaboration and made a significant contribution to the music industry with connection to Music City.” Country music lovers all over the world flock to the popular tourist destination as part of soaking up the sights and sounds that make Nashville, Tennessee the country music capital of the world.
Kenny Rogers is also an actor of both the big and small screens and avid, acclaimed photographer who was recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum. He’s also an author, having penned a memoir of his life called “Luck or Something Like it: A Memoir” and also co-wrote a novel called “What are the Chances” with Mike Blakely.
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