RIP Kenny Rogers.

Legendary country music singer Kenny Rogers has passed away.

We are not big country music fans but we do recognize Rogers’ talent and influence.

Some will remember him for songs like “The Gambler,” “Lucille,” “Lady” and in a duet with Dolly Parton, “Islands in the Stream.”

However, our favorite song is this one – “The Greatest” – which resonates on many levels as to the outlook of kids, their optimism, and the great game of baseball.

(CNN)Kenny Rogers, whose legendary music career spanned six decades, has died at the age of 81, his publicist Keith Hagan told CNN.

The artist’s family announced his passing on Rogers’ verified Twitter account, saying he died Friday night from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by family.

“Kenny Rogers left an indelible mark on the history of American music. His songs have endeared music lovers and touched the lives of millions around the world,” a statement posted by Hagan says.

Rogers was inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013, for what organization officials called a “distinctive, husky voice.”

He had 24 No. 1 hits and through his career more than 50 million albums sold in the US alone.

He was a six-time Country Music Awards winner and three-time Grammy Award winner, Hagan said


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