Kenny Rogers embodies the term "icon." The country legend has enjoyed a successful career spanning over 60 years, which has been filled with more hit songs than we can count. But of Rogers' many hits, only one has become known as his signature tune...his 1978 single "The Gambler."
The classic country song tells the story of a gambler who offers his final words of wisdom to the narrator. He applies his knowledge about gambling to the game of life, as Rogers sings through the song's memorable chorus:
"You've got to know when to hold 'em
Know when to fold 'em
Know when to walk away
Know when to run
You never count your money
When you're sittin' at the table
There'll be time enough for countin'
When the dealin's done."
Now that Rogers is planning his retirement, he's embarking on one final tour to say farewell to his fans. Since "The Gambler" is Rogers' signature song, it made perfect sense to name his last tour after it. Called The Gambler's Last Deal, Rogers' final tour will explore his extensive career and his growth as an artist.
Although Rogers' name has become somewhat synonymous with gambling because of his hit song, he made a surprising confession to San Jose's Mercury News. As it turns out, "The Gambler" isn't all that fond of gambling.
"Personally, I found out that I can't win enough to excite me," Rogers said. "But I can lose enough to depress me. So, I kind of stay away from it."
After listening to "The Gambler" for years, we never would have imagined that Rogers actually isn't a fan of gambling!
Rogers also revealed that he never wanted to name his tour after his hit song in the first place, saying he originally had a different idea in mind.
"I wanted to call the tour 'The End of the Rainbow,' because so few people get to see the end of the rainbow," he said. "And I hopefully am going to be able to do that."
We hope the same for Rogers, and wish him the best time on his final tour! We're sure
"The Gambler" is one of the highlights of his setlist, and you can watch him perform it in the clip below.
What about you? Were you shocked to learn that Rogers isn't a fan of gambling?
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