Kenny Rogers is retiring.

Everybody knows “The Gambler,” (1978) which was huge worldwide and almost everybody knows “Ruby Don’t Take Your Love To Town” or “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was in)” by The First Edition, but most people don’t know that before he was big in Pop and Country, Rogers was in top-of-the line folk group The New Christy Minstrels.

In late October, the Nashville music community honored him with a “Farewell Concert Celebration” with big name performers:  Chris Stapleton, Alison Krauss, Wynonna and Naomi Judd, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum and, of course, his duet partner Dolly Parton and his good friend Lionel Richie, author of  “Lady,” which ranks in Billboard’s “All Time Top 100” hits.

Rogers has been around a long-time, still performing, but in smaller venues, and the “hits” have stopped, but remember how famous and immensely popular he was, and how diverse his work?

Kenny Rogers was dealt a good hand:  talent, good looks, charm, and he played it very, very well.