Celebrate of Jamaica love for Kenny Rogers and unite country and reggae music, two seemingly different genres with many common threads and a fascinating intertwined history, the legendary Sly Dunbar from the acclaimed reggae rhythm section, Sly and Robbie i The taxi gang, has created a reggae mix of “The Gambler”, one of the most popular American country songs in the world. For his inspired reinterpretation and the first officially approved reggae remix of a Kenny Rogers song, Dunbar, which along with the late bassist Robbie Shakespeare they were one of the most prolific musical duos and production teams: they are estimated to have played or produced over 200,000 songs, from countless reggae artists to The Rolling Stones. Grace JonesBob Dylan, Definitely i Paul McCartney – kept Rogers’ original voice and lead guitar for the song and had his band re-record the music as if it were a 1978 recording session with Pere Tosh. The end result is a song that pays homage to Rogers’ influence on Jamaican music while creating a new version full of tropical beach vibes that will serve as the perfect soundtrack for summer, family road trips, reunions poolside, tiki bar and a great addition. on playlists alongside “Three Little Birds”, “Margaritaville” and “It’s Five O’Clock Somewhere”. “The Gambler (Sly’s TAXI Gang Remix)” is now available on all streaming and download services.
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“I’m a big fan Kenny Rogers so when i got the call to do this remix of ‘The Gambler’ i couldn’t believe it and i thought this should be great for me because most of his songs have this kind of reggae twist, the country and westerns have that kind. of reggae, “said Sly Dunbar of Sly & Robbie and the Taxi Gang. Jamaica listen to a lot of country and western, especially Kenny Rogers. People know his songs and when he came Jamaica to interpret the town it was singing all songs. I enjoyed doing this remix and I want to thank Kenny Rogers Estate for giving me the opportunity to create a reggae remix for this legendary song. “
Despite of Jamaica love for Rogers, it wasn’t until “The Gambler” performed in the country for the first time January 2004 at the Air Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival who discovered how truly popular it was. “We just assumed it was a show, until it took us four hours to get from our hotel to the concert because a lot of people were walking to the venue,” Rogers said. “I never guess people know my music, [but] they knew every word. [It was] one of the funniest performances I’ve ever done. Jamaicans don’t just listen to live music. ”So overwhelmed by the response he received, Rogers returned for an encore performance later that year. Kingston in November at King’s House, the official residence of the Governor – General of Jamaica, attracting a huge crowd. Like the positive review of the Jamaica Gleaner he exclaimed, “Kenny Rogers he could have been a coward, or at least he was safely played at King’s House on Thursday night. Instead, he played and won prize after lot of applause from the huge crowd gathered on the lawn of the Governor General’s residence for “Just One Night.”
Rogers fell in love with the island and its people who welcomed him with open arms and would return for additional concerts and various vacations over the years. Upon hearing the news of his death, the Prime Minister of Jamaica, Andrew Holnesssent his condolences: “He pauses to acknowledge the death of one of the greatest singers and performers of our time, Kenny Rogers. Like many Jamaicans, I grew up listening to his country and western hits of ‘telling stories with music’ in the 70’s and 80’s. My favorite was’ County Coward ‘and'[The] Player. May his soul rest in peace. “
Country music has long been accepted Jamaicafrom being one of the first songs played on the country’s first commercial radio station, Radio Jamaica Rediffusion, also known as RJR, to of Jamaica love for westerns and cowboy movies, which inspired the names of many dancehall artists. After listening by Claude Gray The 1961 country hit, “I’ll Have Another Cup Of Coffee (Then I’ll Go)” Bob Marley he reinterpreted the song in 1962 for his second single “One Cup Of Coffee”. Years later Marley gave By Darrell Glenn “Crying In The Chapel” a makeover like “Selassie Is The Chapel”. In 1963, the Skatalites covered By Johnny Cash “Ring of Fire” as an instrumental, leading the way for a tradition of instrumental versions of country hits with ska and reggae. In 1972, Toots & The Maytals released their reggae version That of John Denver “Take Me Home, Country Roads,” transporting the West Virginia song to Western Jamaica. Almost as soon as Kenny Rogers the music made its way to the Caribbeanreggae and dancehall artists began to pay homage with their own versions, which continues to this day.
Originally written by Don Schlitz, “The Gambler” peaked at number 1 on the Billboard Country singles chart in 1978 for three weeks. The song was so successful and popular that it also spawned a CBS television movie starring Rogers himself in the lead role. The film was a huge hit on the airwaves and generated four more follow-ups, becoming the longest-running miniseries franchise on television. It was also the beginning of Rogers’ second career as an actor in television and film.
In a career that lasted more than six decades, Kenny Rogers left an indelible mark on the history of American music. His songs have been loved by millions of music lovers around the world. Hits that top the lists as “The player “,” Lady “,” Islands In The Stream “,” Lucille “,” She Believe In Me ” i “Along the years” they are just a handful Kenny Rogers songs that have inspired generations of artists and fans. Rogers, number twenty-four, was a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, a six-time CMA winner, a three-time GRAMMY® winner, CMA recipient Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award in 2013, CMT of a lifetime award in 2015 and has been voted “Favorite Singer of All Time” in a joint poll of readers of both USA Today i People.
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