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It may be hard to believe, but Kenny Rogers has been recording music since the 1950s. Maybe even harder to believe is that before Kenny started singing country music, he did rock ‘n’ roll, psychedelic rock and even jazz as part of the Bobby Doyle Three and as part of The First Edition in 1967. He thankfully found country music when he went solo in 1976. In fact, in the 1970s and 1980s, few stars were bigger than Kenny.

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Since then, he’s given us some of country and pop music’s most memorable tunes, including “Through The Years,” which was released over three decades years ago when it appeared on his 1981 album, “Share Your Love.”

While nearly everyone on the planet knows the song, there are a number of cool facts about it that aren’t as well-known. Did you know Lionel Richie produced that album? Or that Ray Parker Jr., the same guy that sang the Ghostbusters theme song, played guitar on that album?

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“Through The Years” wasn’t released as a single until the following year, but when it finally was, it rocketed up the charts peaking at No. 5 on the country chart but going all the way to the top of the Adult Contemporary chart, making it his fifth adult contemporary No. 1

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Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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