How Kenny Rogers Met His Wife, Wanda Miller

by Jeremy Spirogis
Wanda Miller and Kenny Rogers in 2014

Kenny
Rogers
is thought by most individuals as a legendary nation singer. However, he
was additionally the husband to his spouse of greater than 20 years, Wanda Miller. Here’s
how Kenny Rogers and Wanda Miller met.

Kenny Rogers says he was ‘dating around aimlessly’ earlier than he met his spouse

Wanda Miller and Kenny Rogers in 2014 | Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night
Wanda Miller and Kenny Rogers in 2014 | Charley Gallay/Getty Images for Celebrity Fight Night

Before Rogers met Miller, he was courting casually. At the
time, not one of the relationships have been that critical. In his autobiography, Luck
or Something Like It
, Rogers says considered one of his dates was with a girl he met
by his friend Charlie Minor, who dealt with promotions for Capitol Records.   

Kenny Rogers first noticed Wanda Miller at a restaurant

Kenny Rogers with his wife, Wanda Miller |  Christopher Polk/ACMA2012/Getty Images for ACMKenny Rogers with his wife, Wanda Miller |  Christopher Polk/ACMA2012/Getty Images for ACM
Kenny Rogers along with his spouse, Wanda Miller | Christopher Polk/ACMA2012/Getty Images for ACM

Rogers met Miller whereas he was on a dinner date with the
lady Minor launched him to. Miller was the hostess on the restaurant. According
to Rogers, the date wasn’t going as deliberate. Apparently, there wasn’t sufficient of
a spark between them to maintain issues going. “We each knew the meals was nice,
however the relationship wasn’t going wherever,” Rogers stated in his guide. Here’s how
Rogers described the day he met Miller:

[My date and I] had chosen a little bit Italian restaurant referred to as Pricci and have been in the midst of our “getting to know each other” banter when the hostess walked by our desk.

I’m actually undecided she even checked out me, however I noticed her. I don’t know what and I don’t know why, however there was simply one thing extremely completely different about her from the minute I noticed her. She had a smile, not a hostess smile, however one thing extra real, and consider it or not, it rocked me to my core.

Rogers referred to as the restaurant to search out out extra about Miller

Kenny Rogers, Wanda Miller and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill | Christopher Polk/ACMA2012/Getty Images for ACMKenny Rogers, Wanda Miller and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill | Christopher Polk/ACMA2012/Getty Images for ACM
Kenny Rogers, Wanda Miller and Tim McGraw and Faith Hill | Christopher Polk/ACMA2012/Getty Images for ACM

Out of respect for his date, Rogers didn’t method Miller. However, after he dropped off the lady, he questioned who the hostess was and the way he might see her once more.

“I didn’t want to go back to the restaurant, but I didn’t want to miss this opportunity, if there was one,” wrote Rogers. He stated his friend (Charlie Minor, the one that launched him to his date) frequented the restaurant and was there the evening of his date, so he requested who the hostess was. His friend informed him to ask the supervisor, Jessie, for extra data.

Jessie requested Rogers if he wished to satisfy Miller. He then
stated Miller was 21 years previous. Rogers thought that was too younger, since he was
54 years previous on the time, so he declined the assembly. However, Minor later informed
Rogers that Miller was truly 26 years previous. Rogers modified his thoughts and
determined to take Miller on a date.

Wanda Miller’s mother and father weren’t thrilled with the age hole

Rogers and Miller have been comfortable collectively, however her mother and father weren’t
thrilled concerning the practically three-decade age hole. The nation singer stated he
understood their issues, as a result of he was two years older than her mother and father:

Wanda and I dated for nearly six months earlier than she labored up the nerve to inform her mother and father about me. Actually, I’m undecided whether or not she informed them, or they learn it within the tabloids. Either approach, it was not nice. The incontrovertible fact that I used to be two years older than her mother and father put a clumsy slant on issues proper from the beginning. Not for me, however I’m positive it will be troublesome to any caring father or mother, and I understood that.

Rogers and Miller overcame the difficulties they encountered
early of their relationship and loved greater than 20 years of marriage earlier than his
loss of life on March 20, 2020. In his autobiography, Rogers had this to say about his
relationship with Miller: “As incorrect as it could have appeared, I additionally knew this—my relationship
with Wanda felt proper to me.”

Read extra: The
Story Behind Kenny Rogers’ Song ‘Lucille’

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