As the tributes pour in for Kenny Rogers, I would like to add my own. In the early 80’s when Kenny was at the height of his success with a string of hit songs like “Lady”, “The Gambler” and many more, I was invited to be Kenny’s opening act and join him on his U.S.A. and International Tour. At the time I was enjoying my first experience of having a song in the top ten of the Country Charts, “Killing Time”. It was thrilling to play to sold out audiences of 50 and 60,000 cheering fans. Kenny’s fans embraced me because Kenny did. I felt welcomed and supported. Country fans are, without a doubt, THE BEST!!!
Being on tour with Kenny Rogers, one of the biggest stars of the day, was sheer JOY!!! He was always cheerful, kind, fun and funny. One of the things he loved to do after a concert was to get in the limo and go to a fast food drive-through and order goodies. What was fun about this adventure, was the look on the cashiers’ face when Kenny Rogers rolled down his window and said “HI”!!! He would then sign autographs and go inside to say “Hello” to everyone. He loved spreading happiness and showing his appreciation to his fans. He was humble and never took his success for granted.
As we make our way through these uncertain times, I encourage you to go online and watch some of Kenny’s many appearances, especially those with Dolly!!! They will lift your spirit and fill your heart! I know I will be doing just that!!!
GOD BLESS YOU KENNY ROGERS and THANK YOU!!!