Kenny Rogers Almost Left Music for Acting

by Jeremy Spirogis
Kenny Rogers in the CBS television movie

The late Kenny Rogers is thought for being a rustic music singer, however he was additionally an actor. Here’s why he nearly left music for appearing.

Kenny Rogers was a jazz musician earlier than he switched to nation music

Kenny Rogers in the CBS television movie 'Coward of the County' in 1981. | CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images
Kenny Rogers within the CBS tv film ‘Coward of the County’ in 1981. | CBS Photo Archive/Getty Images

Before Rogers grew to become a rustic music singer, he was a jazz
musician. He spoke about his jazz music journey in his autobiography Luck or
Something Like It
. Rogers says within the mid-1960s he was in a jazz group referred to as
The Bobby Doyle Three. During a 2017 interview
with Mike Huckabee, Rogers stated he spent the primary 10 years of his profession as a
jazz artist earlier than becoming a member of the group Kenny Rogers and the First Edition:

My actual first 10 years of my musical life, I performed avant-garde jazz. I performed upright bass and sang with a jazz group. I moved into the First Edition from there. So so far as nation goes, you must look again at a number of the music First Edition did. There was a number of nation in that, and so it was type of a pure factor for me once I got here to Nashville to get into nation music.

Kenny Rogers says TV ‘saved him’ throughout a profession drought

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Rogers says he entered a time of uncertainty in his profession
through the early 1990s. Younger singers arrived on the nation music scene,
making it more durable for him to promote data. Luckily, he was capable of flip to

“I’ve at all times been lucky to have a presence on
tv, and through this very painful and drawn out recording drought, TV is
what saved me,” says Rogers in his ebook. “It had began again within the First
Edition days after we headlined the Rollin’ on the River present that we shot in
Canada. Then within the ‘80s, the Gambler films got here alongside, and collectively
with Coward of the Country, had been community rankings successes and made a
lasting impression with an entire technology of tv execs.”

Kenny Rogers thought of leaving music

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After filming The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw, Rogers filmed the TV film Rio Diablo (“Devil’s River”). The forged included nation singers Travis Tritt and Naomi Judd. The movie did so properly it was a hit throughout sweeps week. “The headline in Variety learn, ‘Rio Diablo wins sweeps for CBS!’” wrote Rogers. “I have to admit there was a certain satisfaction in doing something that had been totally against what was my norm and being successful.”

Rogers says serving to CBS with their rankings felt good. His
profitable film resulted in different tv networks clamoring to get him to
do films for them. “It’s wonderful what serving to networks win a few sweeps
will do,” stated Rogers. “NBC was now calling and desirous to do a collection of
films with me. At that time I truly thought, ‘Who needs music, anyway?’”

Although Rogers remained within the music business, he went on
to seem in additional tv exhibits and flicks. After Rio Diablo, he
appeared in a 1993 episode of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman titled “Portraits.”
The following 12 months, he appeared in Gambler V: Playing for Keeps. His
closing appearing function was within the 2001 film Longshot.

Read extra: Why
Kenny Rogers’ Marriage to His Fourth Wife, Marianne Gordon, Ended

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