I was up late last night when i saw the news pop up on my phone.  Country music legend Kenny Rogers has died at the age of 81.  I didn't even know he was sick and somehow in my mind, Kenny was still the larger than life figure from The Gambler.

I wasn't the only one.  According to yahoo.com, Dolly Parton released a statement saying "“Well, I couldn’t believe it this morning when I got up, turned on the TV, checking to see what the coronavirus was doing and they told me that my friend and singing partner Kenny Rogers had passed away,”  She continued "i loved Kenny with all my heart and my heart's broken."

I think a lot of us agree with Dolly.  Whether your parents listened to Kenny Rogers when you were a kid (like mine did), or he was your first crush (that beard!) or Islands In The Stream is your go-to for Karaoke, Kenny touched all of us.

Over his legendary five decades-long career, Rogers sold more than 100 million records and won three Grammys, 18 American Music Awards, and a spot in the Country Music Hall of Fame according to People.com. “The Gambler,” “Lucille,” “Ruby,” “Lady” and “Islands in the Stream”.

The tributes are pouring in from Kenny's country music friends.