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35 Years Ago: Kenny Rogers Releases ‘The Gambler’

Kenny Rogers The Gambler
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35 years ago today (Nov. 15) was a life-altering day for Kenny Rogers. It was on this date in 1978 that the singer’s multi-platinum selling album, ‘The Gambler,’ was released.

The title track of the album, which became his fourth No. 1 hit, made Rogers into a worldwide star.  “I think I’ve had songs that were bigger in sales,” he notes, “but none that were bigger in identity for me. I go to Korea and people say ‘Oooh, the gambler.’ And it’s really sweet. It’s really cute. I think those are career–making songs.”

The 11-track album also included the chart-topping hit, ‘She Believes In Me.’ Thanks to the success of those two songs, the record landed at No. 1 on Billboard’s country chart, and made it to No. 12 on the pop album chart as well.

In 1979, Rogers won a Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance for ‘The Gambler.’

‘The Gambler’ also started Rogers on a new career path. The singer took on his first acting role, performing as gambler Brady Hawkes in the 1980 film, ‘Kenny Rogers as the Gambler,’ based on the success of the record. The TV movie was so successful that Rogers filmed four sequels.

The 75-year-old went on to release 22 more albums since ‘The Gambler,’and has been inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

Next: The Top 10 Kenny Rogers Songs

 

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