Kenneth Donald Rogers, 21 August 1938, Houston, Texas, USA. Rogers was the fourth of eight children, born in a poor area, where his father worked in a shipyard and his mother in a hospital. By sheer perseverance, he became the first member of his family to graduate. By 1955 Rogers was part of a doo-wop group, the Scholars, who recorded Poor Little Doggie, Spin The Wheel and Kangewah, which was written by gossip columnist Louella Parsons. At the age of 19, he recorded That Crazy Feeling as Kenneth Rogers for the small Houston label Carlton Records. Rogers brother Lelan (b. 1928, USA, d. 22 July 2002, Nashville, Tennessee, USA), who had worked for Decca Records, promoted the record and its local success prompted the brothers to form their own label, Ken-Lee, although Rogers single Jole Blon was unsuccessful. Rogers also recorded For You Alone for the Carlton label as Kenny Rogers The...
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