Let's hear it for the Gambler.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
April 01, 2020
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The legendary singer Kenny Rogers died on Friday, March 20, at the age of 81. As we all mourn the loss of the Gambler, for many, listening to his music can be a source of comfort and a reminder of his continuing legacy.

In fact, many, many people, are listening to his music. For the week concluding on March 26th, Billboard reports that the The Best of Kenny Rogers: Through the Years charted as the number one album on Billboard's top country albums—the first time one of his albums has secured that coveted spot since The Heart of the Matter in 1985 and into 1986. The 2018 album is a collection of some of Rogers' most timeless songs over his career, including "The Gambler," "Love Will Turn You Around," and "Lucille."

In addition to topping the country music Billboard charts, Rogers also received another incredible post-humous achievement: Across all of Billboard's genres, Rogers has the top two selling digital songs of the week, also for the week ending on March 26th, as Billboard announced on their website. The 1978 classic, "The Gambler," reached number one on the all-genre digital song sales chart, and his duet with Parton, "Islands in the Stream," written by the Bee Gees and released by the two friends and collaborators in 1983, reached number two on that same chart. (Speaking of which, we can't get enough of the dear pals' duets—check out three of our favorites from the duo in the video below.)

We know it's hard for everyone right now as we remain cooped up at home amidst the coronavirus pandemic, and we hope spinning a few Rogers' tunes teleports you to a better place, if only for a few minutes.

As for us, we'll be playing some of Rogers' finest songs too, and replaying "Islands in the Stream" again and again and again.