Kenny Rogers Biography
Kenny Rogers, a Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, passed away at home in Sandy Springs, Georgia, on 20 March 2020. He was 81 years old. While the nation is in the midst of a coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19 did not cause him to die. Representative Keith Hogan told the Associated Press that he was being put into hospice care.
His family issued an official statement late Friday afternoon. They’ve written, “The Rogers family is sad to announce that Kenny Rogers passed away last night at 10:25 p.m. at the age of 81. Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family.”
In their public statement, Roger’s family noted that, due to coronavirus, they will be having an informal funeral for now. But that’s it. “they look forward to celebrating Kenny’s life publicly with his friends and fans at a later date.”
Rogers was born in Houston, Texas, on 21 Aug. 1938. He grew up in public housing with seven brothers, before becoming one of his generation’s most influential country musicians. For a career spanning six decades, Rogers nabbed more than 60 Top 40 hits, including The Gambler,” “Lady,” and “Island in the Stream.” The three-time recipient of the Grammy Award also received the 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award for CMA Willie Nelson. His farewell tour, The Gambler’s Last Contract, was in 2015 but he continued to play years later. He survived by Wanda, his wife, and five children.
Kenny Rogers Wife
Kenny Rogers was five times married (with each marriage lasting longer than the previous one) and had five kids. He married Janice Gordon on 15 May 1958; they divorced with one child in April 1960. In October 1960, Rogers married Jean Rogers and divorced her in 1963. He married Margo Anderson in October 1964 and divorced her with one child in 1976. Rogers married Marianne Gordon on 1 October 1977, divorcing her with one child in 1993. Rogers married Wanda Miller on 1 June 1997 for the fifth and final time. The couple had twin sons together
For more than 20 years, Kenny Rogers was married to Wanda Miller Rogers. Roger first met Wanda when she was in college, working at an Atlanta, Georgia restaurant. Once the singer came in for dinner for a blind date that didn’t go so well, she was working the evening hostess shift. Afterwards he called the Pricci Restaurant to leave his Wanda number. As he said to people, “She had the most beautiful smile. I just had to meet her.”
Wanda, who is his junior for 28 years, was unable to believe it, and thought it was a joke, and threw away his number. She recalled, “I came in the next day and they all said, ‘Kenny Rogers called asking about you.’ But finally, her co-workers made it clear that they weren’t kidding, and she called Kenny. They married on June 1, 1997, in Athens, Georgia. Together they share twin boys, Jordan and Justin, who were born in 2004.
Kenny Rogers Career