As the first entry in the Marquee Series this season at The Paramount, I gotta say that Kenny Rogers fits the bill as the appropriate level of “legendary.” I mean, come on. Kenny’s a big deal. Over the past five decades, Rogers has made waves as a songwriter and singer in a dominant fashion. In the mid 1980s, he was named “Favorite Singer of All Time” in a poll by USA Today and People magazine (take that, Elvis and The Beatles). In addition, Rogers is an accomplished producer, actor, and more. This man even launched an empire of rotisseire chicken franchises (take that, P. Diddy).
Although best known as a country music icon, Kenny Rogers actually began his musical career as a member of doo-wop group (!!!) in the 50s, and bounced around as a member of various bands and dabbling in different genres (including jazz, folk, pop, rock, and even psychedelia). For instance, check out this bizarre clip from the old Smother Brothers TV show, where Kenny Rogers and The First Edition performi their mild hit “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In).”
Hard to believe that’s the guy who would later sing “Islands in the Stream,” isn’t it?
If “Just Dropped In
” sounds familiar but you just can’t quite place it, fret not, my friends. I can assure you that you are not the victim of any hallucinogenic episode. The song was revitalized in the late 1990s when it appeared on the soundtrack of the cult classic film The Big Lebowski
. It was even featured in the movie’s trailer
As Kenny began a solo career in the late 70s, he steadily grew in popularity. But when “Lucille
” was released, he skyrocketed into the upper atmosphere. he entered the 1980s firmly entrenched as one of country music’s biggest stars with smash singles like “Coward of the County
,” “Through The Years
,” and “Islands in The Stream
” (a memorable duet with Dolly Parton)
Ah, but how could I leave out his best known hit. A song that spawned a legion of followers and a series of television movies. That’s right, I’m talking about “The Gambler.” I find it only appropriate, in the spirit of the season, to share a unique version of Kenny Roger’s most famous song. No, I’m not referring to the Christmas season. I’m thinking something more contemporary to these recent weeks in 2011… something like… The Muppets.
Rogers has also appeared as an actor in the film Six Pack
, as well as a string of television films based on his single “The Gambler
” and a variety of television programs. Over the past decades it almost seems as if his face is omnipresent, and in the realm of internet American pop culture that has not gone unnoticed. If you really do think you see him everywhere, you’re not alone. Check out this website
to put your mind at ease (and a smile on your face).
And now Kenny’s sure to be giving Austin his best, gracing the stage as only he could. Rest assured, he will do much more than see what condition our condition is in. You won’t want to miss this chance to see Kenny Rogers on stage at The Paramount, and if you haven’t got tickets yet, you now know when to run. . So don’t hesitate; hurry and get your tickets now. When they are in your hand, you’ll know when to hold them, but don’t even think of folding them or walking away. The chance to see this legend is a gamble you can’t afford to lose.
Kenny Rogers will be appearing live at The Paramount Theatre on Thursday, December 1 at 8:00 p.m.