How the Coronavirus Is Affecting Plans For Kenny Rogers’ Memorial Services

by Jeremy Spirogis
Kenny Rogers 1982

Kenny Rogers handed away March 20 of pure causes in hospice care. The 81-year-old musician and singer was surrounded by his household on the time of his loss of life.

Kenny Rogers 1982
Kenny Rogers 1982 | Paul Natkin/Getty Images

The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, as with each different a part of regular life proper now, is casting a shadow on the singer’s memorial companies.

Kenny Rogers’ fame within the 1980s

A recipient of a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1979, Rogers was one in every of nation music’s greatest names, significantly within the 1980s. His hits had been many together with Lucille; You Decorated My Life; The Gambler; She Believes In Me; We’ve Got Tonight; Lady; and his huge hit duet with Dolly Parton, Islands within the Stream.

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Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton, 1985 | PL Gould/IMAGES/Getty Images

The Texas-born Rogers recalled in an interview with People earlier than his farewell tour in 2017 how the musical pairing with Parton happened.

“It all started when Barry Gibb wrote ‘Islands in the Stream,’ and he gave it to me to record — he was producing an album.”

Rogers gave the tune a check spin in his studio and got here to the conclusion that he actually didn’t prefer it and mentioned as a lot to Gibb, who made a fateful suggestion.

“I finally said, ‘Barry, I don’t even like this song anymore’ and he said, ‘You know what we need? We need Dolly Parton,’ ” Rogers recalled.

“I had a recording studio at the time and she was downstairs and my manager Ken Kragen said, ‘I just saw her!’ and I said, ‘Well, go get her!’  He went downstairs and she came marching into the room, and once she came in and started singing, the song was never the same. It took on a personality of its own.”

Twitter is mourning Rogers’ loss

Upon information of Rogers’ loss of life, his followers on Twitter paid their respects to the three-time Grammy winner.

Star Trek actor George Takei tweeted, “Thank you for the tunes, Kenny Rogers. Your voice will be missed by those of us still here at the table.”

Another fan tweeted,”Kenny Rogers as soon as mentioned, “You gotta know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away, and know when to run”. Timing is vital …RIP Legend. Thanks for all the gorgeous nation music”

And another reminisced about Roger’s music and the way it drew their household nearer. “My late dad loved his songs. I have so many fun memories listening to Kenny Rogers music and singing along. From his duets with Dolly Parton and Lionel Richie, he was a wonderful musician and songwriter. RIP to The Gambler.”

How coronavirus is affecting memorial companies for the late singer

With the pandemic in full swing and nearly each occasion, office, and college closed or canceled, the late legend’s household is fastidiously considering by way of the way to deal with public memorial companies for him. The Make No Mistake, She’s Mine singer had a powerful fan base and a public occasion right now merely wouldn’t work.

Kenny Rogers along with his spouse and sons

Because of the nationwide coronavirus emergency, Rogers’ household plans a small non-public service for now with a public memorial deliberate for a later date.

Upon his retirement from touring, Rogers mentioned of his at-the-time 11-year previous twin sons in an interview with CMT.com in 2016, “I hope my fans understand that I’m a father first and a singer second. As it turns out, I’m missing some very great parts of my boys’ lives.”

“I know as well as anybody else how that time gets away from you. And I don’t want to miss it. I just worry about how much longer I’m going to be here, and I want to have time to spend with them. It’s pretty simple.”

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