McEntire shares how Rogers helped her heal following the 1991 plane crash that killed seven of her band members and tour manager.

By Perri Ormont Blumberg
September 11, 2020
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On March 16, 1991, a plane crash in California killed seven of Reba McEntire's band members along with her tour manager and the aircraft's pilot and co-pilot. Her life and music would never be the same.

Now, in a recent interview for members of the media, McEntire recalled how important a role Kenny Rogers played in helping her begin to get back on her feet after that devastating event. "Kenny [Rogers] saved my sanity in '91 when he asked me to come do The Gambler movie," said McEntire per Taste of Country. The NBC made-for-TV movie, The Gambler Returns: The Luck of the Draw, wound up being a cathartic experience for the country star. "I was still in a state of disbelief and not knowing what I’m gonna do moving forward after the plane crash," she said, adding, "I miss him so much. He’s such a special person and a big-hearted giver." Rogers passed away this past March after a vibrant and successful acting and singing career. Clearly, Rogers holds a very cherished spot in McEntire's heart and we're grateful for how he and the making of the film helped her start the healing process after that horrific plane crash.

In the same interview, McEntire reflected on another country great who we lost this year, Charlie Daniels. "First night of the tour [with Daniels and the band Alabama, he] sent me a huge bouquet of roses. I’ll never forget it. What a gentleman," she said.

This month, McEntire re-released her 1990 album, Rumor Has It, for its 30th anniversary (along with new live acoustic and dance remix versions of beloved single, "Fancy").

We know it has plenty of listeners dancing and singing along here on earth and up above.