Kenny Rogers officially becomes a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame this Sunday at the organization’s annual Medallion Ceremony in Nashville. Rogers was on hand for a press conference earlier this year at the Hall of Fame announcing his induction, and he got the chance to walk around the room where all of the members’ plaques are displayed.
Kenny tells ABC News Radio, “I walked around and looked at the room, and looked at the people on the wall, and they’re all the people I grew up with as a kid that I had so much admiration and respect for. So, to be included in that is something truly special.”
Rogers’ country career was on fire through the ’70s and ’80s with multiple #1 albums and hits like “Coward of the County,” “The Gambler,” and, of course, “Islands in the Stream” with Dolly Parton. Between recording, touring and filming movie roles, Kenny’s life was a whirlwind during that hot streak. That’s why he’s happy the Country Music Hall of Fame induction is happening now that he’s a bit older.
“I had so much going on at the peak of my career, I’m not sure I could have appreciated it,” the 75-year-old singer explains. “But happening now, to be able to take my boys, and I have two older sons that are going to come out and join us. So, that’s very important to me, to share with them.”
“Detroit City” singer Bobby Bare and the late Cowboy “Jack” Clement, who produced Johnny Cash‘s iconic “Ring of Fire,” also will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame on Sunday night.
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