Just a few hours after his passing, there were several social media tributes in memory of the beloved country music artist Kenny Rogers. For each dollar he received, Kenny worked tirelessly.
On August 21, 1938, Kenny Rogers was born in Houston, Texas, into a low-income household with 6 siblings. When Kenny was a kid, his father’s drinking had a huge impact on him.
According to Kenny, his father likely began drinking because he was concerned about his ability to provide for his family. But after realizing how difficult it is to beat alcoholism, Kenny made the decision to never drink again because it only makes men worse off.
Therefore, it can be claimed that his early challenges shaped him into a fantastic person.
He had been aware of his desire for a music career since high school, but he still had a lot of work to do to pursue it. He worked at a hat shop as a busboy and floor cleaner.
He was able to start a band named the Scholars after finishing high school, although he wasn’t the lead vocalist. He had the taste of fame thanks to the performances he saw. Early in his career, Kenny tried out many musical genres before deciding which fit him best.
Kenny started concentrating on country music in the 1970s, and in 1977 he recorded “Lucille,” which was a huge hit and earned him his first Grammy.
Due to the popularity of the hit song “The Gambler,” Kenny received a new Grammy award in 1978.
Kenny is renowned for his associations with well-known artists, like Dolly Parton. They agreed to work together on multiple tracks because their cooperation was so successful. They grew to be very close friends, and Dolly expressed her sadness at Kenny’s passing by describing him as a lovely man who adored her.
Kenny Rodger had an abundant financial life; he was able to sell albums valued at more than $250,000,000.
Kenny claimed that happiness, rather than the money he obtains from his job, is what drives him to desire more. He enjoyed singing and performing live, and doing so helped him financially.
He was also an actor and businessman who collaborated with the CEO of Kentucky Fried Chicken since he wanted to try other things in addition to his singing career.
In his private life, Kenny had five marriages and five children. He claimed that although he loved every lady he married, he always chose music, which is why marriages did not last.
In 1958, Kenny first married Janice Gordon, with whom he had a daughter. The second marriage took place in 1960 and lasted for three years. The third marriage, to Margo Anderson, took place in 1964, and the two became parents together as well.
His fourth marriage, to Marianne Gordon, began in 1977 and lasted for almost 16 years. Marianne earned $ 60 million in the divorce, but Kenny feels she deserved it for the beautiful marriage they shared for so many years.
Later, while on a blind date with another woman, Kenny met Wanda Miller Rogers. Wanda was 26 at the time.
Wanda’s parents, who were two years younger than Kenny, did not approve of their relationship, but Kenny assured them that he understood their concerns and vowed to never lie to them or fail to provide for Wanda since he truly loved her.
The two later got married in 1997, and their identical twin boys Jordan and Justin were born in 2004.
Wanda and Kenny had a very happy marriage and were together till his passing in 2020. The parents of both Kenny and Wanda grew to be close friends. Together with Wanda and his kids, Kenny passed away at his home.
When Kenny Rogers passed away, his wealth was reportedly worth $250 million. He made the decision to give the 5 kids and Wanda a portion of the inheritance.