Luck Or Something Like It

Luck Or Something Like It

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A remarkable story of a boy who couldn''t stop singing, and a  man who knew how to hold ''em

For more than half a century, Kenny Rogers has been recording  some of the most revered and beloved music in America and around  the world. In that time, he has become a living legend by combining  everything from R&B to country and gospel to folk in his unique  voice to create a sound that''s both wholly original and instantly  recognizable.

Now, in his first-ever memoir, Kenny details his lifelong  journey to becoming one of American music''s elder statesmen?a rare  talent who''s created hit records for decades while staying true to  his values as a performer and a person. Exploring the struggles of  his long road, his story begins simply: growing up in  Depression-era Texas, living in the projects, surviving in poverty,  and listening to his mother, who always had just the right piece of  wisdom.

Recounting his early years, first as a jazz bassist and later as  a member of the pioneering folk group the New Christy Minstrels,  Kenny charts how he came into his own as an artist with the First  Edition, only to have the band''s breakup in the 1970s raise  questions about his musical future. Yet, as Kenny explains, it was  precisely this soul-searching that led him to a new direction on  his own in Nashville. Telling the stories that have become legends  in a town that''s seen many of them, he recalls the making of his  career in country music and his most memorable songs, including  "Lucille," "The Gambler," "Lady," and "Islands in the Stream."  Along the way, heshares the friendships, both big and small, that  have meant the most to him, describing the good times he''s had  with Dottie West, Lionel Richie, and, of course, Dolly Parton, and  how through it all he continues to make music with the passion that  has defined him from the start.

Staring across the decades, Kenny writes a story seemingly  straight from one of his songs. The end result is a rollicking ride  through fifty years of music history, which offers a heartwarming  testament to a time when country music wasn''t just a brand but a  way of life.


Kenny Rogers
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