Countdown to Kenny Rogers live in Manila begins

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Kenny Rogers

Kenny Rogers

There are only two weeks to go until Grammy Award-winning superstar Kenny Rogers treats Filipino fans to five-decades worth of his hit songs on a one-night only concert on August 11 at the Smart Araneta Coliseum.

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Presented by Ovation Productions, the musical event is part of the Asian leg of the singer’s final world tour dubbed The Gambler’s Last Deal, following stops in Singapore and Bangkok. The tour celebrates Roger’s hugely successful and colorful career spanning close to 60 years as a singer, songwriter, actor and record producer.

To be featured as special guest is American country singer Linda Davis in her debut performance in Manila.

Considered as one of the most popular entertainers and top-selling artists in the music and recording industry, Rogers has captivated millions of music lovers from all over the world with his universal appeal, marvelous songs, distinctive voice, inspiring performance, and gift for storytelling.

Though he has been highly successful with country audiences, Rogers has charted more than 120 hit singles across various genres, topped the country and pop album charts for more than 200 individual weeks in the United States alone and has sold more than 120 million records worldwide.

The pop superstar has endeared himself to countless fans across the globe with his wonderful performances of songs from his catalog of 24 Number One hits, such as “The Gambler,” “Lucille,” “Coward Of The Country,” “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town,” “Lady,” “Islands In The Stream,” “She Believes In Me,” “We’ve Got Tonight,” “Daytime Friends,” “Through The Years,” “You Decorated My Life,” and “Buy Me A Rose.”

His other hits include “Someone Who Cares” “You And I,” “Love Song” and “Don’t Fall In Love With A Dreamer.”

Rogers established an amazing mark in the music industry when he charted a record within each of the past seven decades since the 1950s. His feat of selling more than 120 million records worldwide landed him on the list of the Top Ten Best-Selling Male Solo Artists of All Time, according to the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

He was voted the “Favorite Singer of All Time” in a 1986 joint poll by readers of both USA Today and People magazine.

Later achievements include the 2006 release of the album, “Water & Bridges,” an across-the-board hit that reached the Top 5 in the Billboard Country Albums sales charts, and which also charted in the Top 15 of the Billboard 200. The first single from the album, “I Can’t Unlove You,” also became a huge chart hit.

In 2007, Rogers completed a tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland, during which he told BBC Radio 2 disc jockey Steve Wright that among his catalog of hit songs, his favorite was “The Gambler.”

On September 25, 2015, Ro­gers announced on NBC’s Today program that he was retiring from show business after a final tour to spend more time with his wife and twin boys. He launched “The Gambler’s Last Deal” final world tour on May 13, 2016 in Mahnomen, Minnesota, followed by shows in major cities in the United States and Canada and selected capitals in Europe and Asia, including the Philippines. The tour is expected to run to 2017.

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