Luck or Something Like It : A Memoir

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Kenny Rogers

Narrated By: Traber Burns

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: October 2012

Duration: 9 hours 10 minutes


A remarkable story of a boy who couldn't stop singing, and a man who knew how to hold 'em

For more than half a century, Kenny Rogers has been recording some of the most revered and beloved music in America and around the world. In that time, he has become a living legend by combining everything from R&B to country and gospel to folk in his unique voice to create a sound that's both wholly original and instantly recognizable.

Now, in his first-ever memoir, Kenny details his lifelong journey to becoming one of American music's elder statesmen-a rare talent who's created hit records for decades while staying true to his values as a performer and a person. Exploring the struggles of his long road, his story begins simply: growing up in Depression-era Texas, living in the projects, surviving in poverty, and listening to his mother, who always had just the right piece of wisdom.

Recounting his early years, first as a jazz bassist and later as a member of the pioneering folk group the New Christy Minstrels, Kenny charts how he came into his own as an artist with the First Edition, only to have the band's breakup in the 1970s raise questions about his musical future. Yet, as Kenny explains, it was precisely this soul-searching that led him to a new direction on his own in Nashville. Telling the stories that have become legends in a town that's seen many of them, he recalls the making of his career in country music and his most memorable songs, including "Lucille," "The Gambler," "Lady," and "Islands in the Stream." Along the way, he shares the friendships, both big and small, that have meant the most to him, describing the good times he's had with Dottie West, Lionel Richie, and, of course, Dolly Parton, and how through it all he continues to make music with the passion that has defined him from the start.

Staring across the decades, Kenny writes a story seemingly straight from one of his songs. The end result is a rollicking ride through fifty years of music history, which offers a heartwarming testament to a time when country music wasn't just a brand but a way of life.

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  • Rosanne M

    Ths is one of the very best autobiographies that I have ever read! Kenny's genuine honesty was heartfelt. He has lived quite an interesting life and I enjoyed the stories he tells of each faze of his life. I've been a country music fan since the early 70's, but never really new much about Kenny, as I do many other country stars. This book gave me some insight into his fame and the stories behind many of his songs and friendships with many of his duet partners. I really enjoyed this book and will listen to it again someday.

  • Anonymous

    Kenny Rogers's stories are funny and Traber Burns sound just like Kenny. The combination of both made this audio book come to life. I laughed every time I listen to it. Great book.

  • valorie pruitt

    This was an excellent book. At times I laughed and at times I cried but I loved the whole thing. The narrator was great and it felt like it was being read by Kenny Rogers himself.