At last! Kenny Rogers' TV special "The First 50 Years," which was taped in April 2010, is finally airing: March 8 at 8:30 p.m. on Great American Country. Taped at the MGM Grand At Foxwoods, Conn., performances include Kenny's 1983 smash duet "We've Got Tonight" with Sheena Easton!
Other guests in the line-up include Dolly Parton, Lionel Richie, Alison Krauss, Smokey Robinson, Chris Issak, Tim McGraw, Wynonna, Billy Currington, Darius Rucker, The Oak Ridge Boys and the original First Edition.
As any Sheena follower knows, she and Kenny's cover of Bob Seger's "We've Got Tonight," was a career saver for her, after 1982 album "Madness Money & Music" failed to foster any top 40 hits. The song was released in spring 1983 and made a rapid ascent to No. 1 on the country singles chart, reached No. 6 on the pop chart and No. 2 at adult contemporary.
Because of this feat, Sheena, to this day, remains the only artist in history to log top 5 hits on five Billboard charts: the Hot 100, country, AC, dance and R&B). "We've Got Tonight" also hit the U.K. top 30. Kenny appeared later that year as a guest on Sheena Easton's TV special, "Act One."
Meanwhile, "We've Got Tonight" became my No. 1 song of 1983, spending 10 weeks at the top of my weekly Taylor Top 40 chart, a record that was never topped over the 20 or so years I engineered my own weekly countdown.
The GAC 90-minute TV special was filmed in HD, and mixes vintage clips and interviews with the live performances.
In all, Rogers has won three Grammy Awards, five CMAs, 18 AMAs, eight Academy of Country Music Awards and 11 People’s Choice Awards. He has recorded 65 albums and is the No. 8 Top Selling Male Artist of all time.