"You picked a fine time to leave me, Lucille
With four hungry children and a crop in the field
I've had some bad times, lived through some sad times
But this time your hurting won't heal
You picked a fine time to leave me, Lucille"
Kenny Rogers' 'Lucille', in 2020, still finds its way into my playlist. There is no expiration on his husky voice and country music. On Friday night, the Grammy-winning balladeer left for heavenly abode at the age of 81.
Keith Hagan, his representative said that Rogers “passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family,” in a statement.
The three-time Grammy winner dominated the pop and country charts in the 1970s and 1980s with his beautiful music.
"Kenny Rogers left an indelible mark on the history of American music. His songs have endeared music lovers and touched the lives of millions around the world. Chart-topping hits like "The Gambler," "Lady," "Islands In The Stream," "Lucille," "She Believes In Me," and "Through the Years" are just a handful of Kenny Rogers' songs that have inspired generations of artists and fans alike," said a statement posted by Hagan.
Due to concerns over the deadly COVID-19 outbreak across the country, Rogers' family is planning a small, private service. They will plan a public memorial at a later date.
Despite his commercial success, Kenny also thought of himself as a country singer. He was an actor, singer, writer, and the owner of 'Kenny Rogers Roasters', a chain of restaurants. The icon was also a part of several charitable causes, including the Red Cross and MusicCares.
RIP Kenny Rogers. You will be forever in our hearts and playlists.