Kenny Rogers Tells Life Story in New Memoir

Music legend chats about the release of his new book, "Luck or Something Like It."
3:00 | 10/02/12

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Test Text1 italics And the thrill ride that is this program continues, with kenny rogers telling his remarkable life story in his new memoir "luck or something like it." A shy kid that grew up in texas to the top of the ranks in pop and country music. He has sold 125 million albums, half of them bought by my uncle paul. Delighted to welcome kenny rogers back to the program. okay. So, this is an adoring public that, for 20 years or so, has wanted this book. Why now? First of all, I have to tell you. I'm slightly shocked that all of the music you chose, "just dropped in to see what condition my condition was in." Tell that story. Before kenny rogers was the country legend, he was making psychedelic pop. I was doing jazz. This song was written by a friend of mine in high school. I was with the new christian minstrels. I was like, I want to record that. I can't let you do it because sammy davis jr. Has it on hold. When I finally got my first edition, he let me do it. It was an incredible thing. It came at the psychedelic time OF THE '60s, YOU KNOW? My life has been -- that's why it's called "luck or something like it," because I've been so lucky to be here and get there. And the fact I'm going to sing a duet with stephen colbert just really wraps up my life. That will be the topper. I want to ask about somebody else. It was a bee gees song. Barry gibb wrote it. And dolly parton became a co-star of your life. I was singing "islands in the stream," and I said I don't like it anymore. He said, what we need is dolly parton. My manager had just run into her. I know where to get her. 30 minutes later, she comes marching in the studio. Dolly doesn't walk anywhere. When she came in, the song was totally different after that.

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