Kenny Rogers is retiring from country music because he doesn’t want to compete with today’s stars. In an interview with “Variety,” Rogers says, “country is very healthy right now – they’re bringing in a lot of kids. But it’s not a type of music that I prefer or that I would want to do, and that’s why I’m getting out.” Rogers announced his retirement in September. He’s 77-years-old.
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Real Country History…
1969 - Elvis Presley records Eddie Rabbitt's "Kentucky Rain" at Memphis' American Studios, with Ronnie Milsap on playing keyboard
1974 - Dolly Parton announces she's ending her duet partnership with Porter Wagoner. It's this break up that has long been rumored as the inspiration for Dolly's writing "I Will Always Love You".
1974 - Charley Pride wins country music's honors for Favorite Male Vocalist and Favorite Album, "A Sunshiny Day,". ABC's first-ever American Music Awards, created by Dick Clark and hosted by Roger Miller. Other winners: Lynn Anderson and Charlie Rich.
1977 - Elvis Presley hits #1 on the Billboard country chart with "Moody Blue"
1981 - Dolly Parton's "9 To 5" is certified gold
1993- Reba McEntire's album "It's Your Call" is certified gold and platinum on the same day
1957 - TV personality Lorianne Crook born in Wichita, KS. Lorianne along with Charlie Chase are the hosts of Crook and Chase.
1977 - Ronnie Milsap, Larry Gatlin, and Emmylou Harris took top country honors at the 19th annual Grammy Awards