Rogers collected multiple Grammy awards and garnered dozens of pop and country hits over the years, from “The Gambler” and “Lady” to “Lucille” and “Coward of the County.” He performed his final concert in 2017 and died in 2020 at age 81 of “natural causes,” according to his family.
An undisclosed portion of the proceeds will benefit Music Health Alliance, a non-profit organization that provides medical expenses to musicians.
- Rogers’ soloist lead sheets when he participated in the 1985 charity single “We are the World,” signed by members of USA for Africa such as Billy Joel, Michael Jackson, Paul Simon and Bruce Springsteen.
- His 2013 CMA Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award.
- A framed “Islands in the Stream” Gold Digital Sales Award commemoration.
- His collection of original celebrity portraits, inscribed by individuals like Michael Jackson, Lucille Ball, Elton John, Elizabeth Taylor and Clint Eastwood.
- A letter from Chris Stapleton indicating that he would like to participate in Kenny Rogers’ final performance in 2017.
- Two typed letters from Dolly Parton, one speaking about their final performance together in 2017, the other letter ending with the words, “I will always love you.”
- Clothing and personal effects from the five “The Gambler” TV films, which aired on CBS between 1980 and 1994.
- A collection of Rogers’ stage-worn outfits and wardrobe.
Rodney Ho writes about entertainment for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution including TV, radio, film, comedy and all things in between. A native New Yorker, he has covered education at The Virginian-Pilot, small business for The Wall Street Journal and a host of beats at the AJC over 20-plus years. He loves tennis, pop culture & seeing live events.