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Country Music Legend, Kenny Rogers Dies at 81

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Kenny Rogers, the country musician behind such hits as “The Gambler” and “Lady” over a six-decade career, has died at the age of 81, his family announced early Saturday.

“Rogers passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family,” according to a statement from his management firm, SKH Music.

His family plans a small private service due to the coronavirus outbreak, the statement said.

Rogers is well-known for hits like “The Gambler,” “Lady,” “Islands in the Stream,” “Lucille,” “She Believes In Me” and “Through the Years.”

The three-time Grammy winner and county music icon Dolly Parton were frequent collaborators and paired to make some of country music’s most enduring duets, including “Islands in the Stream,” “Love is Strange,” “Real Love,” and “You Can’t Make Old Friends.”

Image: DOLLY PARTON duets with Kenny Rogers in July 1989
Dolly Parton duets with Kenny Rogers in July 1989.Alamy Stock Photo

Rogers announced in 2015 that after spending more than 50 years in the business, he planned to retire and told NBC’s “Today” then that he was saying goodbye.

“I’ve done this long enough,” the Texas native said, adding that he wanted to spend more time with his children.

Rogers had 24 number-one hits over his career and is a six-time County Music Association winner. He had Grammy awards and was nominated 19 times.

The entertainer was inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2013, the same year he was awarded the County Music Association’s Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award.

After the group broke up, Rogers started his solo career and found a big hit with the sad country ballad “Lucille,” in 1977.
He found more success with “Love Or Something Like It,” “Sweet Music Man,” “The Gambler” and “Every Time Two Fools Collide,” as well as hits including “We’ve Got Tonight.” He recorded “Lady,” which was written by Lionel Richie, which saw success across different genres.
He moved beyond music to become the star of TV movies based on “The Gambler” and other songs, making him a superstar in the ’70s and ’80s. Despite his crossover success, he always preferred to be thought of as a country singer, The Associated Press reported.
Courtesy: NBC News

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Police Arrest Funke Akindele for Running Foul of Lockdown Order

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The Lagos State Police Command has arrested Funke Akindele for hosting a party in contravention of the lockdown order in Lagos State.

The Lagos State Public Relations Officer, Bala Elkana, told The PUNCH that the actress had been taken to the State Criminal Investigation Department, Panti, Yaba.

He told The PUNCH, “Yes, we have (arrested) Funke Akindele and we are looking for the others. She has been taken to SCID.”

The PUNCH learnt that policemen arrived in Amen Estate off Lekk-Epe Expressway in about three patrol vehicles.

Akindele, popularly known as Jenifa, who is married to singer, Abdulrasheed Bello aka JJC Skillz, held a party in his honour on Saturday.

Singer, Azeez Fashola aka Naira Marley, also graced the party, which had over 20 others in attendance.

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‘Cooking’s Not for Me, I Hate Sweating’

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Controversial OAP and slay queen, Toke Makinwa has made a big confession on twitter about why she hates to cook.

According to the fashionista, cooking will make her sweat and smell and she hates anything like that.

She added that junks always comes to her rescue because they do not require stress I guess.

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Wizkid Inspired Me to Become a Singer – Davido Reveals

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What a lot of people have been irking to hear, has finally been said.

DMW superstar and honcho, Davido, revealed that Wizkid inspired him to start his music career.

The compulsory lock down has given rise to so many revelations. From Sarz to Shizzi, Burna Boy and now Davido.

In a live session with DJ ECool, Davido said they had told him there was a younger guy on the block and the guy came with so much fire.

Davido attested to that as they played Wizkid hit single, Holla at your Boy.

It is assumed that Wizkid and Davido are the Ronaldo and Messi of the Nigerian music industry. Their fans based are almost equally shared but some other love them equally.

Yesterday, Davido had announced he would be holding DMW vs any other record label session with DJ ECool.

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