Friday, June 2, 2023

Dropping In to See What Condition Kenny’s Condition is In

The Gambler performs at the Ford Center Thursday night.

The Ford Center hosts Kenny Rogers this Thursday, October 10 at 7 p.m. His list of hits is overwhelming, ranging from the Gambler’s early doings with the First Edition through his prolific solo career. I’ll just cherry-pick a few that come to mind this morning.

Here’s Kenny and the First Edition doing their hit version of a bit of Mickey Newbury psychedelia:


Many artists did this song, but I think Kenny had the biggest hit on it:


I include this one so that I may note that Kenny’s longtime friend Lionel Richie wrote it for him to cut. Here’s a clip of the two of them performing it, at what I would posit was at the apex of their respective hairstyles:


I would be remiss to omit this one:


I’ve always liked this one, which was the big song from the movie Six Pack, which I also love:


TANGENTIAL BONUS: A tribute to Swifty from Six Pack:


— Tad Wilkes,