Kenny Rogers Set To Retire After Farewell Tour, Calls It Quits On Six-Decade Career

Kenny Rogers knows when to fold ’em: after nearly 60 years of performing, “The Gambler” singer is calling it quits after his next tour, MSN is reporting.

Appearing on The Today Show last week, the 77-year-old Rogers said that a farewell tour is in the works, and then after that, he’s done.

“I’ve done this long enough. There’s a fine line between being driven and being selfish, and I think I crossed that line when I was younger. I really want to be there with my kids and my wife. I don’t see enough of them. And I have some things on my bucket list.”

Rogers and his wife, Wanda (his fifth), have two kids — 11-year-old twin sons Jordan and Justin, according to the Daily Mail. He also has three other children from previous marriages.

Kenny Rogers' Family, with twin sons Jordan and Justin in front
Stock photo of Kenny Rogers' Family

“This is my 50-something year in the business. I have achieved everything I set out to achieve. A lot of the stuff I have been doing requires that I be gone from home. I want them (my sons) to be: ‘I did this with my dad.’ That they did it with me.”

Born in Houston in 1938, Kenny Rogers grew up in poverty in a federal housing project, according to Biography. The fourth of eight children, Kenny got his start in music as a teenager, founding a rockabilly group called The Scholars, and releasing a single, “That Crazy Feeling,” in 1958, performing the song on the popular TV show American Bandstand.

Over the next decade, Rogers experimented with his sound performing in a variety of bands in different genres. At one point in his pre-country career, Kenny Rogers even explored the psychedelic sound of the 1960s with his band, Kenny Rogers and the First Edition. The band scored a hit that remains a staple on classic-rock radio to this day.

Kenny’s career-defining moment would come in 1977 when he reached No. 1 on the country charts with the ballad “Lucille,” which also became a top-5 hit on the pop charts. Firmly established as a country superstar, Kenny Rogers would spend the next five decades churning out country hits — “The Gambler,” “Ruby,” “Coward of the County” — and selling over 100 million records.

Kenny Rogers’ next tour, the Once Again It’s Christmas Tour, begins November 12 in Niagara Falls, Ontario, which will be followed by a farewell tour and his retirement from music.

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