Country music icon Kenny Rogers, who has given hits like “Lucille,” “Lady” and “The Gambler,” died late Friday at his home in Sandy Springs, Ga., his family said in a statement. He was 81.
The Houston-born country star had 20 No.-1 hits and three Grammys and performed for some 60 years before retiring from touring in 2017 at age 79, according to the Associated Press.
Rogers didn’t write most of his hits and often said he didn’t consider himself much of a songwriter. But he told NPR in 2012 that he had a knack for picking songs that could draw in the listener.