Every holiday seems to have its own set of superstitious beliefs. Good Friday is no different. As Christians around the world prepare for Good Friday and Easter celebrations, we found these five superstitious beliefs too good not to share.
1. Hot cross buns are seriously good luck.
Hot cross buns are essentially the Lembas of religious foods. Not only are goods baked on Good Friday said to never spoil, these particular baked yeasty delights possess even more amazing qualities. Buns baked on Good Friday were also a favorite among seafarers, who believed that they protected against shipwrecks. The buns are a traditional food item in the United Kingdom, where it’s believed that sharing a bun with another person ensures friendship through the next year. Also, if you have any old ones lying around, hang them up in your house. They will protect your home from fire.
2. Changing your sheets will give you bad dreams.
If you desire a restful sleep tomorrow night, you should avoid changing your sheets. Changing bed linens on Good Friday is said to bring about bad dreams. This comes from the belief that God cursed Good Friday after Jesus was slapped in the face by a wet material before being taken away to be crucified. Almost all forms of work on Good Friday are frowned upon.
3. Do not work with wood.
Don’t work with it, don’t burn it, and definitely do not drive a nail in it. Though the whereabouts of this particular superstition remain unknown, a rather obvious one would be that it would be an inappropriate reminder of the crucifixion of Jesus Christ.
4. If you die on Good Friday or Easter, you go straight to Heaven.
It is believed that if you happen to depart this mortal coil on Good Friday or Easter you will be permitted straight into Heaven, no questions asked. So if you wanted to avoid being a good person or doing good deeds here on Earth, this might be your next best chance at getting into the Lord’s Kingdom.
5. Babies born on Good Friday and baptized on Easter have special powers.
If you have a baby on Good Friday, be sure to have them baptized on Easter. If you do, your child is thought to possess the power to heal. Because Jesus died on this day and also had the healing powers, individuals born on this day are said to have the same power. Though, some believe that to be born on Good Friday is bad luck and being baptized on Easter offsets that. Either way, being baptized on Easter appears to be universally a good thing.
ROCK QUEEN SIGNS OFF In 1976, Sarah Fleischer fresh out of Broadcasting Institute of Maryland tickled pink with her new position on then-Beautiful Music WMAR FM (97.9). When Sarah discovers that WIYY FM flips All-News for Rock she quickly calls the WIYY FM PD. Sarah Fleischer eventually settles into a midday DJ spot the Queen. Sarah beats all the odds and lasts on WIYY FM (98 Rock) for 38 years. On Friday, June 5, 2015 Baltimore, MD’s very own Queen Of Rock Sarah Fleischer retires from radio.
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CANDY DEPARTS MORNINGS ON WMJX FM Greater Media AC WMJX FM (Magic 106.7) Boston, MA Morning Magic co-host Candy O’Terry after 25 years onboard declines a new two-year offer. Candy says that she frees herself up to pursue some longstanding interests outside radio. The lovely Candy O’Terry’s exit causes morning co-host David O’Leary to use temporary rotating fill-in help. WMJX FM Director of Programming Cadillac Jack sighs: We will now begin a nationwide search to fill her vacated position.
POP THE CORK FOR JOURNAL – SCRIPPS WEDDING On Wednesday, April 1, 2015 the formal merger of Journal and E.W. Scripps begins. That’s when Journal radio stations become part of Scripps, plus they come under the voting control of the Scripps family. In March 2009 Journal stock closes at 36 cents. On Friday, March 27, 2015 Journal closes at $14.20 a share. $500 worth of Journal stock explodes to $200.000. That’s how millionaires are made.
VA MAYOR WHIPS OUT HIS VETO ON THE AIR Virginia’s Republican-controlled legislature passes technical amendments to its electoral districts. But the Washington Post reports that Virginia’s Democrat Governor Terry McAuliffe uses his live radio show on iHeart Talk WRVA-1140 Richmond and 98.5 translator to astonish listeners when he whips out his veto pen live on the air. Governor McAuliffe brags: I don’t think these bills are constitutional. He also proclaims that he doesn’t like partisan redistricting.
TRIVIA QUESTION: What radio station gives Art Linkletter his start on the air? The answer appears below.
ENTERTAINMENT AND NEWS MILESTONES
•1950 ADOLF WIKLUND composer & conductor of Royal Swedish Opera dies at 70 on April 2nd. •1962 BILLY DEAN born on April 1st in Quincy, FL tells fans that his birthday is April 2nd so they won’t think he is an April Fool. •1974 GOLD hits record $197 an ounce on April 3rd in Paris. •1982 THE OAK RIDGE BOYS Bobbie Sue grabs #1 in Billboard Country on April 3rd. •1999 HELEN ABERSON Dumbo writer dies at 92 on April 3rd.•2006 RASCAL FLATTS’ album Me And My Gang releases on Lyric Street on April 4th.
EMAILS YES WE HAVE EMAIL
FRANK HALEY [KDAZ-730 news – ex KILT, KTRH, KVIL FM, KLIF-1190 & KOB-770 news] (Albuquerque, NM) Subject: Weatherman and science teacher, ‘Dr. George’ Fischbeck, dies at 92. George Fischbeck, who became a phenomenon in Albuquerque as a television science teacher and meteorologist in the 1960s and early ’70s, before being lured to Los Angeles where he continued as a top rated TV weatherman, died early Wednesday from natural causes.
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DUKE GILLELAND (Belton, TX) Subject: Job Well Done To KOKE FM!! Jim, This week we had a catastrophic event here locally when an oversize 18 wheeler hit a bridge on I-35 at Salado. The driver of the truck escaped injury but it sent 3 other drivers to the hospital and killed one other. NOTHING was ever said on our local political talk (squawk) radio about the accident. But KOKE FM 99.3 kept us posted on the traffic situation, advising drivers that the interstate was closed both ways and other routes to take getting home. JOB WELL DONE BY KOKE FM AND IT’S STAFF! We appreciate you! Duke & Cindy Gilleland; Belton, Texas
JAY WALKER [KJKK FM/KTSA/KTFM FM/CBS Radio/Jay Walker Productions] (Dallas-McKinney, TX) Subject: Interesting observations recently. True enough Jim. Last couple of nights I’ve been listening to 1550 which use to be the home of WOKJ Jackson MS. They’ve been off the air for years. But now there’s a station playing R&B and Gospel just like they did… Strange… Heard an oldies stations at 1290 playing 50’s-60′ pus a number of the old Class B 5k/1k on the high end below 1600 playing English music. Sure would be nice to hear music regularly on the band again. Now if we could only get Ty Tyler to put music back on 1520 KOMA… Take care. Jay
TRIVIA ANSWER: On March 27, 1928 KGB-1360 San Diego, CA goes on the air with call letters KFBC as the oldest continuing radio station in the San Diego market. Pickwick Broadcasting buys KFBC and installs G)eorge B)owles as Vice President and Manager. KFBC call letters change to reflect his name as KGB. In 1934, Art Linkletter gets his start in radio on KGB as announcer and Program Director. For 25 years Art Linkletter hosts House Party on CBS radio and TV. For 19 years he hosts People Are Funny on NBC radio and TV.
LARRY TODD [former KHFI TV anchor] (Austin, TX) Subject: KVUE TV. Hi Jim You are really a night owl. Great to hear from you. a couple corrections. Our TV side was KHFI TV…channel 42. It was never kvue…today it is KXAN…still an NBC outlet. Charles Stewart and I did the news. Bill Richardson on weather and Mel butchered the sports. (not really…he was great.) remember Cal (Druxman) as a fine person…always relaxed and candid…honest. We had John Bounder for radio and I just can’t remember the other news hounds. Dave Jarrott worked there as a DJ about that time. YOU take care… LT
CRAIG BEAN [Texas Association of Broadcasters, Previous KVUE-TV, KCEN-TV, KTEM Radio] (Austin, TX)Subject: KVUE TV CH 42. Lynn (Woolley) is correct. I worked at KVUE-TV for 30 years, since they signed on as Channel 24 and as an ABC affiliate. KBVO signed on as the Independent until they took CBS from KTBC. I’m not sure if it was at the time FOX bought KTBC, but CBS wanted a full clearance station in Austin. Lynn is also correct about KHFI changing from 42 to 36, opening the channel 42 allocation for KBVO. KBVO changed call sign to KEYE to mirror the CBS “EYE.” Craig
DAN RATHER (October 31, 1931 – p) An intellectual snob is someone who can listen to the William Tell Overture and not think of The Lone Ranger.
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Houston, Texas – Laus Deo
Most people hardly have time for Our God. Yet God loves us and will always bless us. He is always with us
If you are to spend the next minute or so of your time with our God to just praise him without praying, can you do that and can you do that right now? You know you could do it anywhere if you wanted to, or you could do it right here right now. Just read some of the interesting statements added below from an email we received from Barbara Blevins which she collected early this morning at our WHISNews21 email outpost in a small town in New Mexico, USA.
Why are prayers getting smaller, but bars and clubs are expanding? Why is it so easy to worship a celebrity, but very difficult to engage with God?
If God has opened doors for you, it could only be because he believed you needed them open. If not, he would keep them closed, but can we always accept that and why not? We should ……
God has no Blackberry but he is most everyone’s favorite contact. He is not on FACEBOOK but he is a best friend to all. He is not on TWITTER but he has the most followers, nor is He on Gmail or WhatsApp but he’s always online. Then there is the INTERNET that we all seem not to be able to live without these days to stay connected, well our God does not even need the INTERNET to stay connected to us, as he connected to us anyway. Thank Goodness for that, don’t you think.
God has been very good to me; He has given me a wonderful family, great friends and so much more! No gift is more needed by a dying world than a living Savior. God’s gift to the world is the life-giving Savior. There are many who would disagree with the above but there are many more who would agree to every word printed above.
Easter is not just about the wonderful and delicious chocolate Easter eggs,
it is so much more and only some of us can really see that,
Are You One Of Us?
Christians stop using God’s name in vain you may think its OK but It’s Not
To enjoy abundant Life, it is essential for you to have hope. However, many people indulge in false hopes and find themselves increasingly disillusioned as the years go by. So I urge you to choose well the object of your hope. The best choice is My unfailing Love. From the time you first trusted Me as Savior, nothing-including death, life, things present or things to come-can separate you from this Love.
When you follow My divine guidelines, you can enjoy the Peace of My Presence. I am everywhere and I see everything, but My eyes are especially on those who are putting their hope in Me. Such people are ever so precious to Me, and I watch over them vigilantly. This does not mean I shield them from all adversity. It means I bless them with My nearness in good times, in hard times-at all times.
So persevere in placing your hope in My perfect Love. Look up to Me in the midst of your moments, for My eyes are indeed on you!
The eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love. -Psalm 33:18
I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. -Romans 8:38-39 nkjv
“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you. -2 Thessalonians 3:16”
Kenny Rogers delivers a final farewell in the emotional track “Goodbye,” a newly-rediscovered track which now takes on a whole new meaning. “Goodbye” was one of the last songs Rogers recorded during a brief tenure with Capitol Records — and before now was only available on a greatest-hits collection, Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years. After his death, executives at the label found the track and decided to send it to country radio, a fitting tribute to a true country legend.
‘Goodbye’ was one of the last recordings Kenny did for Capitol Records,” the label explained in an announcement. “Those closest to Kenny wanted to make this track available to all of his fans.”
“Goodbye” was written about the end of a relationship, a classically-themed ballad with Rogers’ rich, tender vocals leading the way. But now it feels like a fond goodbye from “The Gambler” to his fans.
“There’s peace in where you are, maybe all I need to know / and if I listen to my heart I’ll hear your laughter once more / and so I have to say, I’m just glad you came my way / it’s not easy to say goodbye,” goes the moving track.
Rogers, the Country Music Hall of Fame member who sold over 100 million records in his lifetime and topped the charts with hits such as “Lady” (another song penned by Richie), died March 20 at the age of 81 years old.
His life and career will be highlighted on an upcoming A&E mini-documentary which features interviews with Parton, Richie, Chris Stapleton, Reba McEntire, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Jamey Johnson, and more.
Notice To All Independent Bluegrass Artists: AirplayExpress devotes a great deal of time every week checking Summarizing & Collating downloads of Independent Bluegrass artists songs received from Radio Station, Disc Jockeys and sourced from the internet, that are promoted by AirplayExpress. However, It seems that Independent Bluegrass artists are perhaps not aware and don’t know about the promotions that AirplayExpress has to offer them.
The thing is if you look at the Bluegrass Top 20 weekly Charts you will find less than 25% off of the songs featured there are Independent artists. If this does not improve we will have to incorporate the handful of Independent bluegrass artists into the Traditional Country weekly Top 20 Charts, which sadly means that Bluegrass music will lose its Independent identity on AirplayExpress. Therefore we appeal to all Independent Bluegrass artists to consider sending us one of their songs for radio promotion. We will do everything possible to promote your songs as we do with all our Independent artists and all we ask in return is a donation of $125 a song.
Bluegrass music is a genre of American roots music that developed in the 1940s in the United States Appalachian region. The genre derives its name from the band Bill Monroe and the Blue Grass Boys. Bluegrass has roots in traditional English, Scottish and Irish ballads and dance tunes, and in traditional African-American blues and jazz. Bluegrass was further developed by musicians who played with Monroe, including 5-string banjo player Earl Scruggs and guitarist Lester Flatt. Monroe characterized the genre as: “Scottish bagpipes and ole-time fiddlin’. It’s Methodist and Holiness and Baptist. It’s blues and jazz, and it has a high lonesome sound.”
Bluegrass features acoustic string instruments and emphasizes the off-beat. Notes are anticipated, in contrast to laid back blues where notes are behind the beat, which creates the higher energy characteristic of bluegrass. In bluegrass, as in some forms of jazz, one or more instruments each takes its turn playing the melody and improvising around it, while the others perform accompaniment; this is especially typified in tunes called breakdowns. This is in contrast to old-time music, in which all instruments play the melody together or one instrument carries the lead throughout while the others provide accompaniment. Breakdowns are often characterized by rapid tempos and unusual instrumental dexterity and sometimes by complex chord changes.
There are three major subgenres of bluegrass. Traditional bluegrass has musicians playing folk songs, tunes with traditional chord progressions, and using only acoustic instruments, with an example being Bill Monroe. Progressive bluegrass groups may use electric instruments and import songs from other genres, particularly rock & roll. Examples include Punch Brothers, Cadillac Sky and Bearfoot. Another subgenre, bluegrass gospel, uses Christian lyrics, soulful three- or four-part harmony singing, and sometimes the playing of instrumentals. A newer development in the bluegrass world is Neo-traditional bluegrass; exemplified by bands such as The Grascals and Mountain Heart; bands from this subgenre typically have more than one lead singer. Bluegrass music has attracted a diverse following worldwide.
The thing that most artists are not aware of is that AirplayExpress only source of income is the donations we receive from the artists for their promotions. We do not offer any paid adverts on any of the AirplayExpress web-pages. That is the reason that we need the Bluegrass artists to support us, in order to continue promoting Bluegrass music worldwide. To many, it won’t be an issue but I do believe for those who do love Bluegrass it will be a sad day if AirplayExpress stops sending out the weekly Top 20 Bluegrass chart worldwide for all to see. https://www.airplayexpress.com/top-20-bluegrass-chart-march-2020/
– AirplayExpress 2020
When in Nashville and in the company of the music industry crowd and you mention the name “Marty Martel” everyone knows exactly who you are talking about. It is safe to say that Marty Martel not only was but is a Legend in the music industry in Nashville. Marty Martel, has done so much and been more places than most people we know. During Marty’s exciting and successful career, he has performed as a solo artist on tour, a bandleader, written #1 hit songs and currently still a world-class promoter, booking agent, producer and that’s just a few things that come to mind when mentioning some of Marty’s accomplishments.
He writes books and articles for various print and internet web sites. Marty even had his own weekly news program on worldwide radio, called “Off The Cuff News” where he tells the news like it is and Off The Cuff. He has known and been friends with most everyone in the music business, and we mean everyone, you name them Marty has known them and still knows them. Marty has earned the respect of all who have had the privilege of crossing his path, and everyone respects him for his knowledge and integrity in this the music business. He owns his own promotion companies and lives and operates mostly from Nashville Tennessee. There is so much more to Marty than what we have printed here,
He will be missed by all who knew him and those who may not have heard of him, as if there is anyone, will wish they did know him. He was a great man and a friend to all, Hall Of Fame Member, Marty Martel.
Donna Cunningham: This morning I lost the man who is responsible for getting me started in Nashville. Mr. Marty Martel. He believed in me and loved the idea that I was older when I got started in the business. I met him on his birthday in 2008. He set up the first meeting at John A’s and I knew we would be great friends when he walked through the door. Three years later he introduced me to Allen and because of that, I’ve had this career. Marty arranged for Allen and I to record our first duet together and several others after it. I will always be so grateful.
Marty had a sense of humor that I loved. There was always an ornery little twinkle in his eye. He always said what he thought and I admire that. I’ve lost track of the number of lunches and dinners we shared, too many to count, but I always looked forward to seeing him. He would call on the phone and ask, “How’s my Ohio girl?” He will always have a special place in my heart. My sympathy and love to Tammi, Brittney, Chris, Deron & Shannon. “Thank you, Marty, for everything. Love you always.”
Tom Wardle: Just learned that my long-time old friend, Marty Martel, has passed away. Marty was a recording artist in his younger days and became very active in the country music scene as an artist manager and promoter. He put together many outstanding package shows. Rest in peace, old friend. You’ll be missed.
Harley Back: really sorry to hear this, me and Marty go back a long way, Played bass for him about 4 or so years, we had some really good times together R.I.P my friend.
Thomas Paden: I knew Marty for 30 years and he has recorded many of my songs on the artists he’s produced. He was a nice guy and this news is so sad to hear. Rest In Peace Marty.
Allen Karl: I just wanted to say a couple words about a truly dear friend that we’ve all just lost. Marty Martel was an icon in Nashville, Tennessee. He was my promoter for many years and that working relationship turned into a personal one. He helped me take many songs to number one both here in the US and also in Europe. He became one of my dearest friends, my promoter, and the man who gave me advice, he was always there for me as I hope I was for him. He’s the one who introduced me to Donna and helped to make our career become one of the most successful duos in independent country music. I haven’t been able to see Marty for a while because of his illness but last June Julie Richardson brought him to a Century II Show and we brought him up on stage to honor him for “Don’t Tell Me That You’re Gone” a song he wrote that Donna recorded which went to number one on several charts. It was a very special evening that I will always keep it in my heart just as I will always keep Marty in my heart. He was a very talented man, a very special man, and a dear dear friend. RIP, Marty, the country music business has lost a great friend, as have I.
Dean Holmen: Very sorry I only got to meet him the one time at our Show Donna. I always heard a lot of good things about him. Sorry for your loss.
Julie Keech-Harris: Oh my gosh so sad to hear this, Marty was an awesome guy, I hold dear some of his talks and advice he gave me. Praying for all his friends & family
Terry Crabtree: Very sorry Donna, he was a good man and good to you, I’m glad I got to meet him!!
Michael Grande Polacco: Beautiful memories of a wonderful man. The loss of a dear friend is a deep hurt. But think of how blessed you are to have had him in your life. RIP Marty.
Chuck Hancock: Oh so sorry to hear about Marty. I loved that man. He believed in my music and promoted me for several years Everyone respected and loved him
I will miss him and never forget his dedication to me and my music
Brenda Porter-Key: So sorry to hear this…Marty was a wonderful guy and will be missed by very many. He was one of the first people Ross and I met when we came to Nashville in early 2011. He will be greatly missed…. Prayers for all… RIP Marty.
Shar Stephens: So sorry. He was a good friend. God Bless, RIP “Go Rest High On That Mountain” You will be missed.
There were hundreds of comments on social media about Marty. It is very clear that so many loved this man and are terribly saddened by his passing. Please keep in your prayers the immediate family and all of us who loved him so much. He will be greatly missed but now he enjoys the rewards of our God’s Heaven’s.
Marty Martel, has done so much, and been more places than most people we know. During Marty’s exciting and successful career, he has performed as a solo artist on tour, a band leader, written #1 hit songs and a world-class promoter, booking agent, producer and that’s just a few things that comes to mind when mentioning some of Marty’s accomplishments
Country legend Joe Diffie is the latest celebrity to test positive for coronavirus. The singer released a statement about his condition on Friday afternoon (3/27).
“I am under the care of medical professionals and currently receiving treatment. My family and I are asking for privacy at this time,” he said in a press release. We want to remind the public and all my fans to be vigilant, cautious and careful during this pandemic.”
“I just want to say to all the fans, the show cancellations are not my idea of a good time,” he wrote. “Promoters, venues, etc are postponing these events, as expected with everything going on. These shows that are postponed are affecting all of us musicians and our bands, crews, drivers, etc. Please pray for all of us and hope we can get America back on track and back to normal. We definitely will miss all of the fans and we plan on rescheduling any shows postponed! Thanks for being the greatest fans ever! Stay well and see you out there soon!!”
Diffie joins others including Rita Wilson, Tom Hanks, Idris Elba, Prince Charles and others who have all tested positive for the virus and are currently in recovery.
Vocalist Kenny Rogers, who dominated the pop and country charts in the 1970s and 1980s with a string of sleekly tailored hits and won three Grammys, has died. He was 81. Rogers “passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family,” a representative for the singer said in a statement. Due to the national COVID-19 emergency, the family is planning a small private service at this time with a public memorial planned for a later date.
Rogers had announced a farewell tour in 2015 and was able to keep it going through December 2017. In April 2018, shortly before he was to spend a few months finishing out the tour after a break, he announced that he was having to call off the remaining dates (including a planned appearance at the Stagecoach Festival in California), due to unspecified “health challenges.” “I didn’t want to take forever to retire,” Rogers said his April 2018 statement.
“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity to say farewell to the fans over the course of the past two years on ‘The Gambler’s Last Deal’ tour. I could never properly thank them for the encouragement and support they’ve given me throughout my career and the happiness I’ve experienced as a result of that.”
A special, “Biography: Kenny Rogers,” had been announced by A&E earlier this month, set to air April 13. The special is said to be largely built around footage from the all-star salute Rogers received in Nashville on Oct. 25, 2017, just a couple of months before his final concert appearances. Among the guests who joined him for that sentimental sendoff at the Bridgestone Arena were Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Don Henley, Kris Kristofferson, Alison Krauss, Chris Stapleton, Little Big Town, Reba McEntire, the Flaming Lips and the Judds.
Rogers’ signature song “The Gambler” was added to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry in 2018. It was the most recent of a lifetime of honors bestowed on the singer, which included induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame, three Grammys and six CMA Awards.
Rogers was one of the progenitors of country-pop crossover at the superstar level. “I came into country music not trying to change country music but trying to survive,” he said in a 2016 interview with CMT.com. “And so I did songs that were not country but were more pop. Nowadays they’re not doing country songs at all. What they’re doing is creating their own genre of country music. But I told somebody the other day, country music is what country people will buy. If the country audience doesn’t buy it, they’ll kick it out. And if they do, then it becomes country music. It’s just era of country music we’re in.”
After establishing himself commercially via rock- and pop-oriented singles with his group the First Edition, the bearded, prematurely gray Rogers was launched into the top rank of crossover country artists with a string of singles for United Artists Records.
His appealing, sometimes gritty voice propelled 20 solo 45s to No. 1 on the country charts from 1977-87. Two of them, his 1980 reading of Lionel Richie’s “Lady” and his 1983 collaboration with Dolly Parton “Islands in the Stream” (penned by the Bee Gees), also topped the pop lists. He worked profitably with a number of other female vocalists, including Dottie West, Sheena Easton, Kim Carnes and Anne Murray. Country historian Bill C. Malone noted that Rogers’ ingratiating style “has been the chief source of his immense success. Rogers is a consummate storyteller, with an intimate and compelling style that almost demands the listener’s concentration. When his husky tenor voice slips down into a raspy, gravelly register, as it sometimes does, Rogers pulls the listener even further into his confidence.”
Rogers parlayed his music success into a successful side career as an actor. His 1978 country chart-topper “The Gambler” spawned five popular TV movies, while some of his other hits also inspired small-screen features.
Rogers was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013 and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Country Music Association the same year.
Born and raised in Houston, he was the fourth of eight children in a poor family. He took to the guitar as an adolescent, and would sometimes perform with another aspiring local musician and future star, Mickey Gilley.
His early professional career was stylistically eclectic. While in high school, he formed a vocal group, the Scholars, which recorded for Carlton Records, a local label. After a brief stint at the University of Houston, he played bass with the jazz groups of Bobby Doyle and Kirby Stone. After moving to Los Angeles in 1966, he joined the folk-pop unit the New Christy Minstrels, a group that also numbered such performers as Carnes, the Byrds’ Gene Clark, “Eve of Destruction” vocalist Barry McGuire and the Lovin’ Spoonful’s Jerry Yester among its members at one time or another.
With fellow Minstrels Mike Settle, Terry Williams and Thelma Camacho, Rogers founded the rock-leaning group the First Edition in 1967. Fronted by Rogers (whose name would be appended to the act’s moniker in 1969), the group notched two top 10 pop hits: “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” (No. 5, 1968), a version of Mickey Newbury’s slice of pop psychedelia, and “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town” (No. 6, 1969), Mel Tillis’ downbeat song about the faithless wife of a handicapped Vietnam vet.
The First Edition’s fortunes began to wane in the early ’70s, and Rogers signed a solo deal with UA in 1976. He struck almost immediate pay dirt with “Lucille,” an absorbing vignette about a barroom encounter with a disillusioned woman and her estranged husband. The number became Rogers’ first No. 1 country hit and reached No. 5 on the national pop chart. It also scored Rogers his first Grammy, for best male country vocal performance. Rogers also partnered with longtime female star West, and the duo racked up three No. 1 country singles for UA and then Liberty in 1978-81: “Every Time Two Fools Collide,” “All I Ever Need Is You” and “What Are We Doin’ in Love.”
He notched five more No. 1 solo country singles by the end of the decade. The biggest of these were the Grammy-winning “The Gambler” (also No. 16 pop in 1978) and the backwoods narrative “Coward of the County” (also No. 3 pop in 1979). They pushed the albums “The Gambler” and “Kenny” to No. 12 and No. 5, respectively, on the pop album charts. Each inspired a popular TV movie; Rogers would portray Brady Hawkes, the protagonist of “The Gambler,” in a series of telepics that ran through 1994.
On the heels of a No. 1 greatest hits set in 1980, Rogers’ hits of the decade for Liberty and RCA found him moving increasingly into pop terrain and focusing on romantic balladry. “Lady” and “Islands in the Stream” (the latter one of many duets with frequent partner Parton) solidified his standing as country’s biggest crossover attraction; his rendering of Bob Seger’s “We’ve Got Tonight” with Sheena Easton ruled the country chart and rose to No. 6 on the pop chart. In all, he recorded 23 top 10 country hits during the decade, five of which crossed to the pop side.
Though it failed to even dent the pop charts, “Make No Mistake, She’s Mine,” Rogers’ duet with singer-pianist Ronnie Milsap (and a remake of a duet by former bandmate Kim Carnes and Barbra Streisand) became Rogers’ next-to-last No. 1 country single in 1987. It also reaped a Grammy for best country vocal duet performance.
Like many other stars of his era, Rogers began to fall out of fashion in the ’90s, as a younger generation of country musicians flexing a less countrypolitan style supplanted him. He made his last toplining appearance in a pair of telepics as reformed gambler Jack MacShayne in 1994. In 1999, he notched a final No. 1 country hit, “Buy Me a Rose,” with Billy Dean and Alison Krauss.
In the new millennium, sporadic releases on a number of independent labels and majors Capitol Nashville and Warner Bros. Nashville performed respectably on the country album charts but produced no major hits.
From the ’90s forward, as he maintained a busy touring schedule, Rogers increasingly turned his attention to various entrepreneurial enterprises, opening a chain of fast-food chicken outlets, Kenny Rogers Roasters, and a Sprint car manufacturing firm, Gamblers Chassis.
He issued a memoir, “Luck or Something Like It,” in 2012, and a novel, “What Are the Chances,” in 2013. That same year, he was the recipient of the CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award. He received a similar honor from CMT with its Artist of a Lifetime Award in 2015. Always active on the road, Rogers announced his retirement in September 2015, not long after a widely aired commercials for Geico insurance saw him reprising “The Gambler” for comedic effect.
At the Oct. 25, 2017 tribute concert in Nashville, Rogers joined in jocular exchanges with some of the homage-payers, notably Parton, who quipped, “I want to see what condition your condition’s really in.” They reprised their recorded duets of “You Can’t Make Old Friends” and “Islands In The Stream,” and Parton additionally sang him her own signature song, “I Will Always Love You.” Footage of the 2017 concert was filmed by Blackbird Productions but went unseen until it was set for inclusion in the A&E “Biography” special airing in April.
“I hope my fans understand that I’m a father first and a singer second,” Rogers said about his planned retirement from touring, in a 2016 interview with CMT.com, mentioning at that time that he had 11-year-old twin boys with his wife, Wanda Miller. “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.” Married five times, Rogers is survived by his last wife Wanda and five children.
– Variety (Chris Morris)
Some people seem to have so many friends and when looking at them, it seems that they all care for each other, but do they really? Magazines write about how we need friends and how we will live longer by just having friends. But what is a friend? Do we really know and will we ever know? They say a friend in need is a friend indeed, yet who can stand up and say they have friends like that. Well, truth be told some of us probably do, but I am almost 100% sure that most of us do not.
When you find yourself in trouble and need to speak to a friend about a little help be it financial or just to talk to, do you find that they are just too busy and will get back to you as soon as they can? Or when you speak to a friend who has more money than they will ever need in their lifetime yet will not offer a little financial help. That same friend will turn around and say to you, “We will pray that things come right for you soon.” Yet no help financial or otherwise will be offered, would it be that they really are not your friends, or do they secretly wish you will fall down and disappear so they don’t feel guilty that they can help, but won’t?
Here is something we found on Facebook, we won’t mention the names but I am sure you all will relate to these comments:
It seems that I am always the one checking on my friends. I am beginning to feel as though they don’t want to be in my life because they never call me to say I’ve been thinking about you… I’ve heard it said that if someone doesn’t contact you it’s because they don’t want to. I guess I am starting to get the message
Why must I always be the one to call my friends and ask them if they want to meet up for coffee, I am going to stop calling them and see if they ever call me again. It makes me wanna cry it is so sad.
I am not sure if my friends are my friends, they told me if I ever have a problem I should call them and they will help me. So as it happened I did need them, and when I did ask them they said they are sorry but they cannot. No what must I think? Were they just pacifying me when they said, if I need help I must just ask?
I am going to leave it there as I could probably find hundreds of comments but I am sure you all get the picture. In closing all I can say is if you are one of the lucky ones that has a true friend, keep him or her close for they are without a doubt worth their weight in gold.
– Facebook 2020