KENNY ROGERS, the American pop and country singer who dominated the charts in the 1970s and 1980s with a string of hits, and who won three Grammys has died. He was 81.

Rogers “passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family,” said a representative

He was also the recipient of The BrandLaureate International Brand Personality Award in 2015.

After establishing himself commercially via rock-and pop-oriented singles with his group the First Edition, the bearded, singer launched into the top rank of crossover country artists with a string of singles for United Artists Records.

His appealing, gritty voice propelled 20 solo 45s to No.1 on the country charts from 1977-87, such as the 1980s reading of Lionel Richie’s “Lady” and his 1983 collaboration with Dolly Parton “Islands in the Stream” (penned by the Bee Gees), also topped the pop lists.

Roger has also worked profitably with a number of female vocalists, including Dottie West, Sheena Easton, Kim Carnes and Anne Murray.

Thank you for the music. May you soul Rest In Peace.

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