The first time I ever heard Kenny Rogers sing was back in the sixties when he and his band The First Edition hosted a Saturday afternoon TV show called Rolling On The River. I loved that show, and thought Kenny was just a great singer. I had no idea at the time just how great he really was.
The #8 all time best selling male vocalist, Kenny has sold over 100 million records worldwide, and scored 70 charted singles and a slew of number one records. Lest we forget, Kenny had already enjoyed success as a member of the doo-wop group The Scholars during the ‘50’s and The New Christy Minstrels in the ‘60’s before he ever even formed The First Edition.
50 Years collects twelve of Kenny’s all time best, including the seventies hit “Love Lifted Me,” and his ever popular “story songs” (both made into full length movies) “Coward of the County” and “The Gambler.”
There are his timeless duets, “Islands in the Stream,” with Dolly Parton, and “Every Time Two Fools Collide,” with the late great Dottie West, and the beautiful love song “Lady.” The number one classic “Lucille” and the major chart hit “Through The Years” are also included.
Adding to the classics are two brand new tracks from Kenny, both just as good as his past hits. It’s a highly listenable album, chock full of golden country memories from a certified country pop superstar who has redefined the word "timeless."
-Michael Buffalo Smith