April 19, 2020
In a candid interview, legendary country singer Kenny Rogers revealed that his awards aren't what he wanted to be associated with.
When asked what he wants everyone to remember about him, he told Southern Living, "That I helped as many people as I could along the way throughout my career. And some very special people that I've met."
During the interview, Rogers also shared his preferred childhood memories. The acclaimed singer said he was raised in the projects in Houston and that he remembered when he was a young man he used to walk to school.
Kenny Rogers on June 8, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee. | Photo: Getty Images
"I like macaroni and cheese," Rogers added. "I think that's pretty good. And my mum used to make pinto beans with ice. That was good too."
In that interview, Rogers further shared his favorite memory with Dolly Parton, his long-term companion. The moment took place in 2013 when the pair were recording their duet, "You Can't Make Old Friends."
Rogers said that Parton put her arms around his neck, and she told him "Kenny, I think you should know I could never sing at your funeral."
The "We've Got Tonight" singer shared he loves Parton for that. He added that people never recognize what she's going to say. However, it generally originates from love.
As reported by Taste Of Country, Rogers passed away at the age of 81 on March 20, 2020. Tributes that came pouring in said a lot about his impact as a performer as well as a friend to many.
The Houston-born star had 20 number one hits and three Grammy awards.
Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers at The MGM Grand at Foxwoods on April 10, 2010 in Ledyard, Connecticut. | Photo: Getty Images
In addition to being a successful singer, Rogers had also been an actor. He was most closely associated with a Western-style.
Throughout the years, Rogers had a close friendship and working relationship with Reba McEntire. In 1998, they toured together in Australia.
In an interview, he said that he simply cherishes her and that for him, she's one of those rare personalities. He added that McEntire makes him happy every time he sees her.
Reba McEntire and Kenny Rogers at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa on April 12, 2014 in Phoenix, Arizona. | Photo: Getty Images
According to NPR, the Houston-born star had 20 number one hits and three Grammy awards. He performed for somewhere in the range of six decades before retiring from touring in 2017.
Rogers was a doting dad to five children from various relationships. He and his wife Wanda Miller are parents to twins Justin and Jordan, who were born in 2004.
The country crooner, who had been hitched five times, also had three older children. In 1958, he turned into a first-time father with the birth of his eldest child, daughter Carole.
Rogers shared Carole with his first wife, Janice Gordan. The two ended their marriage through a divorce in 1960.
His second child, Kenny Jr., was born during his third marriage. The singer welcomed Kenny Jr. with his third wife, Margo Anderson, whom he married in 1964.
Before Anderson, Rogers was married to Jean Rogers. Their marriage lasted just three years. In 1982, Rogers' third child arrived in his life. He welcomed son, Christopher, with his fourth wife, Marianne Gordan.