10 Questions for ... Kenny Rogers Interview by Bill Dougherty
Why did you decide to attend Celebrity Fight Night in 1994? My manager suggested it. I wanted to meet Mohammad Ali. I also felt that I could offer something to the charity and to the performers alike. What do you consider your greatest hour professionally? A television special with Ray Charles. Just to be in his presence changed my life. Also my first appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Where would you like to live? I live in Atlanta and I like it. It’s not too hot and not too cold. The people are nice here. Besides my entire family is here. It’s been home for the last 20 years. People have urged me to move to Nashville, but I don’t want to start over. Why have you returned to Celebrity Fight Night so often? I love the talent and I so enjoy the new up and comers that are showcased each year. I’m amazed that so many celebrities can commit so far ahead of time. I don’t know where I’ll be tomorrow. I always try to come when I can. This charity has such a great purpose. Reba McEntire alone and her commitment is simply amazing! Remember it’s not how much you make but how much you give back. Who are your heroes? I’ve met the top 5 big entertainers. So I would say my heroes are my wife, my mother and my twin boys, who I hope to take on safari to Africa very soon.
talent. I love recording with Dolly Parton, Kim Carnes and Sheena Easton plus the late Dottie West. Dottie had the ability to live the lyrics she sang. She was one of the greatest talents ever in the Country Music Industry and the first to win a Grammy.
On what occasion do you fib or exaggerate? When the truth doesn’t help. I try to be consistent and try not to exaggerate. What’s your worst habit? Eating sweets! I love ice cream and candy. I even have a candy drawer in my tour bus!
How did you get your start in the music business? My older brother Lelan got me a record deal in New York. One of our first groups was called The Scholars. That was a joke because we were all straight C students. We had some local success however. Every time I moved from point A to point B, things got better and better. Bobby Doyle 3 was another early start in the business for me. So were The New Christy Minstrels, but they wouldn’t let us sing because they didn’t want to pay us royalties, so I left.
What’s the hardest part about your job? Walking – my physical handicaps have started to show up, so I speak the truth about my mobility. Sooner or later age catches up with all of us. I joke about it a lot on stage. Since I don’t drink, I’d never want to be accused of being drunk. Who would you like to record a duet album with living or dead and why? I’d very much like to record with Jennifer Nettles, because she has such tremendous
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