How Kenny Rogers Aced ‘The Gambler’

It’s rare when the title of a hit song becomes the singer’s nickname, but that’s what happened when Kenny Rogers released “The Gambler” 40 years ago in late 1978.

Written by Don Schlitz, “The Gambler” became a No. 1 hit on Billboard’s country chart for Mr. Rogers and reached No. 16 on the pop chart. Mr. Rogers and Mr. Schlitz both won Grammy Awards for the song.


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