This Was Kenny Rogers’ Favorite Song To Sing


Kenny Rogers may have been one of the most
famous figures in country music before his passing on March 20, 2020, but there are aspects
of the well-known singer’s life that you might not have been aware of. For instance, he had four ex-wives, five children,
and a staggering amount of money. You might also be surprised to find out which
one of the icon’s songs was his favorite. You might assume it’s one of his big hits,
but, surprisingly, you’d be wrong! Rogers’ favorite song to sing was actually a duet
with fellow country singer Dottie West called “Every Time Two Fools Collide.” In case you need a refresher, the song’s lyrics,
which are bittersweet, to say the least, went like this, starting with Dottie West’s verse: “You want things your way / And I want them
mine / And now we don’t know / Just where to draw the line / How can love survive / If
we keep choosin’ sides? / And who picks up the pieces / Every time
two fools collide?” Rogers picks things up next. He sings: “You lay the blame on me / And I put the blame
on you / But why do we keep finding fault / In everything we do?” Rogers may have sang about a faulty relationship,
however, he saw nothing wrong with the song itself. In fact, in 2016, he told The Boot: “It was, I think, the first duet I had ever
done. I loved her, and I thoroughly enjoyed the
song. [It] was the song that I loved doing…I think
Dottie West is one of the most unappreciated artists ever in country music.” And Rogers might very well be right. That might be precisely why you don’t know
much about the woman who accompanied him on his very favorite duet. Rogers was obviously fond of West, which is
likely why the duo collaborated on a number of songs together over the years. Along with “Every Time Two Fools Collide,”
they also gave fans “All I Ever Need Is You” and “What Are We Doin’ in Love”, just to name
a few tracks they collaborated on. While listeners adored the duets she took
on with Rogers, West was also an accomplished performer in her own right. In fact, she became the first person to receive
the Best Female Country Vocal Performance Grammy award in 1964 for her hit “Here Comes
My Baby.” Sadly, on September 4th, 1991, West passed
away at the age of 58 due to injuries sustained in a car crash. She may have been gone, but she certainly
wasn’t forgotten. In 2016, Rogers said, quote, “I’m going to
do everything I can to get her into the Country Music Hall of Fame.” Two years later, that desire became a reality. “A sincere ‘thank you’ from the West family
to all here from the CMA and special friends here at the Country Music Hall of Fame for
inviting our mom to join the illustrious family here at the Country Music Hall of Fame.” Billboard explained: “For years, the possible induction of Dottie
West into the Country Music Hall of Fame has been a rallying cry for fans and fellow artists
alike. [In March 2018], the name of Dottie West was
announced as one of three new inductees into Country Music’s most exclusive club.” It’s safe to say that the honor was well-deserved,
as country fans everywhere can probably agree that she contributed some absolute gems to
the country music canon. Speaking of country music gems…If you’re
just now learning about Kenny Rogers, “The Gambler” from 1978 was perhaps the country
crooner’s most famous song, even if it wasn’t his favorite one to sing. “The Gambler” was a country-to-pop crossover
hit, and a genuine pop culture phenomenon. As Rolling Stone put it, “With [the song], Rogers hit a musical trifecta:
a ghostly allegory built around trains, the draw of the cards, and the wisdom of the aged…Rogers
parlayed it into a mini-empire, portraying fictional Old West gambler Brady Hawkes in
five made-for-TV films from 1980 to 1994. The song also spawned a slot machine, a book
series, and Rogers’ appearance in a humorous 2014 GEICO Insurance commercial, where his
a cappella rendition of the song’s memorable chorus…annoys his fellow poker players.” “You’ve gotta know when to hold ’em, know
when to fold ’em, know when to walk away, know when to run.” “Fifteen minutes could save you 15% or more
on car insurance.” “Yeah. Everybody knows that.” “Well, did you know that playing cards with
Kenny Rogers gets old pretty fast?” The dealin’ may now be done for the late Rogers,
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