Sunday, September 23, 2012

Kenny Rogers & The First Edition - Voice Your Choice

Kenny Rogers was born on August 21, 1938 in Houston, Texas. Quite versatile, he became a country singer, songwriter, guitarist and actor.
In high school he had a group called The Scholars in 1958. He also became the bass player of jazz group the Bobby Doyle Trio, which recorded for Columbia Records. First recorded for Carlton Records in 1958.

He became a member of the Kirby Stone Four and The New Christy Minstrels, in the mid-1960s. He went on to form and front The First Edition in 1967. Original lineup included Thelma Camacho, Mike Settle, Terry Williams and Mickey Jones. All but Jones were members of The New Christy Minstrels. Group hosted own syndicated TV variety show Rollin' in 1972.

Rogers split from group in 1973. He eventually starred in movie Six Pack and several TV movies including The Gambler I, II & III miniseries, Coward Of The County, Wild Horses and Rio Diablo.

He was married to actress Marianne Gordon from 1977-93. Later started the Kenny Rogers Roasters restaurant chain.

His accolades include being named the #1 Hot 100 artist of 1980! Check this out: his total; number of Number One hits: 2,  Top 10: 11 / Top 20: 21 / Top 40: 28 Top 10 Albums: 4

That is a substantial career in entertainment!

Voice Your Choice presents Kenny Rogers and the First Edition with two of the group's hit records for your votes. Cast your vote at the Voice Your Choice Page for either Ruby, Don`t Take Your Love To Town or Something`s Burning. I'll play the winner in the 3rd hour of our Annual Canadian Thanksgiving Special on Sunday, October 7th.