Musings on the byways of popular culture
21/03/2020 by MC Escher 22 Comments
Has died aged 81.
MC Escher says
21/03/2020 at 07:37
Islands In The Stream is one of “our” songs.
Junior Wells says
21/03/2020 at 09:55
Funny – in a drunken moment I mentioned the sentiments of that record reflecting our relationship to Mrs Wells #1 . She didn’t know what I was talking about.
Guess she was right.
Black Celebration says
21/03/2020 at 19:32
My wife has always called the song “necklace in between” , which is one of the many reasons why I love her.
How many tweets’n’all are going to quote the chorus from The Gambler…?
21/03/2020 at 09:00
Millions…The Gambler’s my top KR tune. I have a vivid memory of catching members of REM being interviewed on the radio, and they suddenly burst into a beautiful a capella version which sent shivers down my spine.
21/03/2020 at 07:43
I watched Clint Eastwood’s most recent movie, Richard Jewell, last night. Kenny plays at a concert in the film (though I think it might be a lookey-likey, but the voice is his). Excellent film. I find Sam Rockwell to be the most watchable actor in the world right now.
21/03/2020 at 08:38
Something’s Burning was my favourite followed by Ruby, don’t take your love to town.
21/03/2020 at 08:42
That video of Ruby in the original post shows what a great bass player he was
21/03/2020 at 15:21
ah the original post has the single dubbed. Here’s the live version, with Kenny’s bass playing
21/03/2020 at 16:49
That is so good.
Barry Blue says
21/03/2020 at 17:00
Great performance. I have a distant memory of an entry on Young Filmmaker of The Year , as shown on BBC’s Screen Test, which was a film/video for the song. Black and white and disturbing, as I recall.
21/03/2020 at 23:55
Such a great song, and quite shocking when it came out.
22/03/2020 at 16:56
I loved Ruby and still do.
21/03/2020 at 11:27
I’ve heard that song many many times but bizarrely only ever registered the title refrain before, lyrically speaking. I swear I had no idea what it was about! The line “if I had a gun” is chilling. I’m not sure Kenny’s smile at this point, nor his smug demeanour throughout, is quite appropriate. 🥴
21/03/2020 at 11:28
Always loved it, musically, though.
22/03/2020 at 09:32
I have sung this song on several karoke occasions. The lyrics are wonderful, like a Raymond Carver short story in song. “She’s leaving now cos I just heard the slamming of the door” for instance. Is he blind as well as crippled, or just unable to move from his bed?
Don’t have nightmares 😀
21/03/2020 at 14:31
Until the Coen Brothers resuscitated this groovy jam for The Big Lebowski, it was easy to forget that Kenny Rogers was probably a bit of a west coast hippie at heart:
Also interesting to note that this was recorded only a couple of weeks after the video for Ruby in the original post. They look and sound like a totally different band!
Sewer Robot says
21/03/2020 at 18:41
I remember being floored by this in the middle of BL. Kenny, for me, was the maker of records I groaned through when my Dad took his turn on the house record player and this, this was fantastic.
Also, back around Coward Of The County, he was a white haired old man who I wouldn’t have been the least surprised to hear had just expired. Of course, the truth is he was younger then than I am now – and I’m a strapping and virile fellow (in my own mind, at least..)
21/03/2020 at 15:18
Us doowop fans like this from one Kenneth Rogers
21/03/2020 at 15:19
and this is groovy
21/03/2020 at 18:36
Picked up, ages ago, a compilation LP of his hits, good stuff indeed. Still no place for it in the collection, though, because of its truly horrific cover: him looking silvery-haired and smug, with 2 handwidths of hairy chest on view. Yuck!
Barry Gibb difficult to stand for similar reasons.
22/03/2020 at 09:16
My youngest boys reaction when I mentioned at dinner that Kenny Rogers had died was “what the chicken guy?” – we used to have Kenny Rogers Roasters restaurants here in Singapore (I don’t think they ever made it to the UK).
I wonder will it be the same when Ringo dies – the younger generation surely know him best as the voice of Thomas the Tank Engine.
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