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For Immediate Release: January 18, 2012


Sarasota, FL: KENNY ROGERS has sold more than 120 million records worldwide and recorded more than 65 albums during his storied 52 years in show business. Hear that instantly identifiable voice LIVE at the Van Wezel on Thurs. Jan 26, 2012 @ 8 PM.

With his unique storytelling ability and soulful voice, Kenny Rogers has continued his amazing run into the 21st century with a critically acclaimed album (Water and Bridges) and hit single, “I Can’t Unlove You, a gold certified record (21 Number Ones), and the singer’s first gospel album – The Love of God released March 7, 2011, in which Rogers has left his stamp on classics like “Will The Circle Be Unbroken,” and “Amazing Grace”.

From his high school band beginning in 1956 with a rockabilly group called The Scholars (they performed on American Bandstand) – to now, Rogers has never stopped making music. Kenny played stand-up bass in the jazz group the Bobby Doyle Trio, and later became a member of the popular folk group, The New Christy Minstrels. Rogers found the spotlight when his group, The First Edition, scored their first hit, "I Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In), which was followed by the chart success of "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town." Rogers' solo career shot into the stratosphere with the #1 hit, "Lucille," which was named the CMA's Single of the Year and was certified Gold. "Daytime Friends," "Sweet Music Man," and "Love Or Something Like It” continued his run of success. Then came "The Gambler," a story song so vivid it not only delighted country and pop fans, it also became a TV movie, starring Rogers himself in the title role. The movie spawned four follow-ups, making it the longest running miniseries franchise on television. Kenny’s long list of timeless classics includes an impressive 24 #1 hits including “Lady,” “Islands in the Stream,” and “We’ve Got Tonight”. His Greatest Hits album has sold over 24 million copies worldwide. He has recorded 1 Diamond album, 19 Platinum albums and 31 Gold albums, and received hundreds of awards for his music and charity work, including 3 Grammys, 11 People's Choice Awards, 18 American Music Awards, 8 Academy of Country Music awards and five Country Music Association awards.

Ticket prices range from $30-$80. For more information and to buy tickets, contact the Van Wezel Box office at (941) 953-3368 or log onto Sponsored by 106.5 CTQ



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