The crowd screamed when Kenny Rogers entered and expressed their admiration throughout his show. Kenny brought a new mix of songs and of course, our favorites. Opening with the upbeat “Love or Something Like It” and “Love Comes Knockin’,” he announced, “These are the loudest songs I sing tonight!” During Kenny’s “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town,” he stopped singing in order to leave sections for the audience to sing and join him. Kenny, A true showman, continued singing his hits “You Decorated My Life,” “Through the Years,” “Daytime Friends, Nighttime Lovers,” “She Believes in Me,” “If You Want To Find Love,” “Just Dropped in (To See What Condition My Condition Was in)” and many more.
Perhaps his success stems from choosing songs depicting real life situations. As Kenny suggests, “I spent my career singing about dysfunctional families, cheaters and people who are on the wrong page.” Yes, love is his topic and he sings about life with such gusto. Most of Kenny’s songs tell a story. The evening would not be complete without Kenny singing the haunting rhythms of the “The Gambler.” All of the entire “The Gambler” 1-2-3-4-and-5 collection are unforgettable. Beginning with Kenny Rogers’ film “The Gambler,” in 1980, and continuing his popular mini-series sequels “The Gambler: The Adventure Continues,” “The Gambler: The Legend Continues,” “The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw,” and “The Gambler: Playin’ for Keeps” in 1994. After starring in these films, Kenny became recognized as an actor.
During the show, Kenny’s video footage presented a musical journey of highlights through different periods in his life, in ’57, ’69, ’73, and ’80. Seeing Kenny as his talents grew to superstar standing was very moving. Kenny bonds with the audience as he involves them in his show. “The theater is so dark, these people could leave and I would not even know it.” The technician turned up the lights and Kenny joked with the audience. It is those personal touches that we enjoy so much. Whatever he does, the public loves Kenny. Every time I see Kenny, his delightful show always makes it seem like a special occasion.
Kenny Rogers’ distinctive voice and enormous talent were successful from the beginning of his career, in high school (1956), when he formed his band, The Scholars. They released two singles and were introduced on the “American Bandstand” television program. Kenny soon joined the Bobby Doyle Trio and kept moving up to the New Christy Minstrels (1966) and then The First Edition (1967). Within one year, the group was called Kenny Rogers and The First Edition. In 1974, it was time to become a solo artist. With his previous hits “I Just Dropped in (To See What Condition My Condition Was in)” and “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town,” Kenny realized the type of music the public wanted to hear and he was right! The song “Love Lifted Me” charted in the top 20 (1975) but “Lucille” became his first certified Gold Mega-hit named the Country Music Association’s Single of the Year.
Some of his other popular songs included “Daytime Friends,” “Sweet Music Man,” “Something Like It” and “The Gambler.”
This multi-talented man has won many GRAMMY Awards, People’s Choice Awards, American Music Awards, Academy of Country Music Awards, Country Music Association Awards and that is not all! Kenny was named “Favorite Singer of All Time by the PM Magazine/USA poll (1986) and the Readers of PEOPLE MAGAZINE voted him “Favorite Male Vocalist” (1989). Among all of his talents, Kenny is also a photographer. He was invited to the White House to photograph a portrait of the First Lady Hillary Clinton. Kenny’s first two photography books “Kenny Rogers America” and “Your Friends and Mine” were published early (1986) but the newest book is available on his website.
The Orleans Hotel always has a great entertainment calendar.
Do not forget, you can use your show tickets for free drinks after the show.
Enjoy a great no cover, no minimum evening dancing to the bands.
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