Kenny Rogers: Through the Years to open August 15, 2014
28 April 2014 news
With driving artistic instinct, a trademark husky voice made for storytelling, polished showmanship and effortless charisma, Kenny Rogers conquered radio, television and film en route to becoming a beloved American icon. The Country Music Hall of FameÂ®and Museum will pay tribute to Rogers with the cameo exhibition Kenny Rogers: Through the Years, which opens in the museumâ€™s East Gallery on August 15, 2014, and runs through June 14, 2015. â€œKenny Rogers redefined and elevated country music superstardom in every sense,â€ said Museum Director, Kyle Young. â€œHe blurred traditional genre lines and substantially expanded the core demographics of country musicâ€™s audience, all by being true to his unique artistic vision. His versatility is astounding. We could not be more thrilled to share this detailed presentation of his story.â€ Rogers has sold more than 100 million records worldwide. Whatâ€™s more, he has charted a single in each of the last seven decadesâ€”including 21 Billboard#1 country hits. According to the RIAA, he has one diamond album, 19 platinum albums, and 31 gold albums. He has earned three Grammys, six Country Music Association awards (including a 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award), eight Academy of Country Music awardsâ€”including Entertainer of the Year in 1978â€”and was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013. From the enduring wisdom of â€˜The Gamblerâ€™ and the forlorn tales of â€˜Lucilleâ€™ and â€˜Ruby (Donâ€™t Take Your Love to Town),â€™ to the success of his collaborations with Dottie West, Dolly Parton and others, Rogers took hallmarks of classic country music, such as rich storytelling and iconic duets, and made them larger than lifeâ€”and very much his own. Thatâ€™s just skimming the surface of his musical contributions alone. In the 1980s, he starred in the five-part â€˜Gamblersâ€™ series that attracted more than 100 million television viewers. In addition to his achievements as vocalist and actor, his accomplishments as musician, photographer, author, Off-Broadway star, entrepreneur, and humanitarian round out his rÃ©sumÃ©. Rogers was elected to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013 and received the CMA Lifetime Achievement Award the same year, but he shows no signs of slowing down. In 2013, he released his latest album, YOU CANâ€™T MAKE OLD FRIENDS, and the title cut, a duet with Parton, earned the pair their third Grammy nomination. Rogers is currently performing on his Through the Years World Tour, which has included performances at such popular festivals as Bonnaroo, Stagecoach and Britainâ€™s Glastonbury Festival. Kenny Rogers: Through the Years will be accompanied by an ongoing series of programs throughout the exhibitâ€™s duration.