November 19, 2013 | by wp_admin
Book Review: Luck Or Something Like It – A Memoir by Kenny Rogers

Fall 1975 was a dark time for Kenny Rogers. His father had died in July, his third marriage was ending, he was broke, and the First Edition, the successful pop group he’d been invited to join in 1967 and soon came to lead, was playing its last shows. He was 37 years old and staying in a cheap hotel in Los Angeles when he decided to try his luck in Nashville. It was, he writes, “one of the smartest decisions I have ever made.” You might call that an understatement.

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According to the Recording Industry Association of America, Kenny Rogers is the eighth best-selling male recording artist of all time. (For comparison’s sake, Willie Nelson is 17th. Among country artists, only Garth Brooks and George Strait have sold more records.) From 1977 to 1984, he racked up more than $250,000,000 in record sales, topped the country singles chart 15 times and the album chart 10 times, and, during one week in 1980, landed Lionel Richie’s “Lady” in the No. 1 slot on the country, pop and R

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