Country Pop Bites: Kenny Rogers – December 16
Did you know that on this day in Country Music History in 1978 A "train bound for nowhere" reached #1 as Kenny Rogers tops the Billboard country chart with "The Gambler"?
It's true! Check out the performance!
Here are 5 interesting facts about Kenny Rogers.
- His musical influences include Ray Charles, whom he saw in concert when he was 12.
- He sang in a church choir and with glee clubs during school.
- He played in a rockabilly band, the Scholars, during high school; and pursued a solo career after graduation, even appearing on American Bandstand in 1957 in support of the modest hit "That Crazy Feeling."
- He played bass with the Bobby Doyle Trio, a jazz combo, for a time in 1959.
- He joined the New Christy Minstrels in 1966 after auditioning over the telephone.