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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Kenny Rogers Gambles On Autobiography ~ "Luck Or Something Like It"

English: Kenny Rogers performs at the Frontier...
English: Kenny Rogers performs at the Frontier Fiesta in 1981 at the University of Houston. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
If you are of a certain age then you know the music of Kenny Rogers. He has been performing, songwriting and producing records since about 1958. He has won many awards in the music industry including Grammys, Country Music Association Awards, and American Music Awards. Well known recordings embody "The Gambler", "Islands In The Stream", "Lucille""Lady", "We've Got Tonight", "Ruby", "Don't Take Your Love to Town", and "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)".  As one observer offered Rogers has "charted" a record in each of the last seven decades! 

Kenny Rogers offers a memoir of his life and career 

Today, October 2, 2012, Kenny Rogers released his autobiography Luck Or Something Like It. Chances are if you tune into television shows this week like Good Morning America, The View, The Colbert Report, CBS This Morning, Piers Morgan Tonight, Anderson Live, Fox News, Canada AM...to name a few, you are likely to enjoy a candid interview with Kenny Rogers. Undoubtedly any of these conversations with Mr. Rogers will work its way to his upbringing and the influence of his parents.

Kenny Rogers' father was an alcoholic

The fact is many of us have grown up in a home where one or both of our parents suffered from the disease of alcoholism. Some of us also suffer from the disease. Some don't. And others made a conscious decision to avoid alcohol, fearing that we, too, would become an alcoholic. In an interview with Reuters Mr. Rogers speaks openly about his father's alcoholism and its effect on him.
"I think that one of the real tragedies in my life is that I never really got to know why my dad drank. He was an alcoholic, but during that time, post-War World Two, a lot of people were unemployed and ended up drinking. He couldn't really support his family and I think it just broke him down. It breaks my heart that I didn't know that before he passed away."
"I never drank in my life. I saw it destroy him and saw it destroy other people I work with, so I made a conscious decision about this. Plus I didn't know if there was any predetermination for me as the son of an alcoholic to become addicted, so I just never tried it."
Lives are often destroyed by alcoholism and addiction. The everyday lives of our loved ones and celebrities and the effect of addiction are chronicled in the press or very simply in our family histories. Sometimes these accounts can serve to teach us and help us seek recovery, both as individuals and families.

A time to relax and listen to a song 

In 1979 Kenny Rogers recorded "You Decorated My Life", written by Debbie Hupp and Bob Morrison.


If you are having trouble viewing the video, you can view it here.

In some way, maybe Kenny Rogers' parents Floyd and Lucille Rogers both helped to shape and decorate his life.
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