Kenny Rogers' The Gambler Given Dolby Atmos Upgrade For 45th Anniversary


Kenny Rogers' The Gambler Given Dolby Atmos Upgrade For 45th Anniversary

(UMe) Forty-five years ago, on December 16, 1978, Kenny Rogers' trademark song "The Gambler" hit No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs, giving the country star his third No. 1 of the year. "The Gambler" would spend three consecutive weeks in the top spot and become a mainstream crossover hit, climbing to No. 16 on the pop chart. In addition to becoming Kenny's signature song, it would launch his already successful career into the stratosphere. "The Gambler," written by Don Schlitz, would go on to win the Grammy for Best Male Country Vocal Performance and spawn a TV movie on CBS with Kenny starring in the titular role as he added actor to his impressive resume. The film was a smash hit which led to Kenny Rogers becoming a household name and eventually four additional films, making it the longest running film series franchise on TV. Meanwhile, the album The Gambler, featuring the follow-up crossover smash "She Believes In Me" and standouts "I Wish That I Could Hurt That Way Again" and "Tennessee Bottle," went to No. 1 on the country chart, won Album Of The Year at the Country Music Awards and went five times platinum in the U.S.

To commemorate "The Gambler" hitting No. 1 and the 45th anniversary of the legendary namesake record, The Gambler album has been mixed in immersive Dolby Atmos from the original masters by GRAMMY Award-winning engineer/producer David Leonard (Paul McCartney, Prince, Elton John, Stevie Nicks, John Mellencamp). The new Dolby Atmos mix retains the feel of the classic album but offers a fresh perspective, putting listeners in the center of the music while revealing details with unparalleled clarity and depth. Leonard previously handled the stunning Dolby Atmos mix of Kenny's first posthumous album, Life Is Like A Song, released earlier this year. The Gambler is available to stream in Dolby Atmos on Apple Music, Amazon Music Unlimited and Tidal as of today, December 15.

"We are so excited that Kenny's iconic album The Gambler is now available in Dolby Atmos and fans can experience these songs like never before," said Wanda Rogers. "This was one of Kenny's absolutely favorite albums he ever made, and I know he would have been thrilled to be able to hear the music surround him just like it did when he recorded it in the studio with all the amazing musicians and the great Larry Butler producing."

The Gambler in Dolby Atmos follows the release of Life Is Like A Song, Rogers' first posthumous album, released in June via UMe. Curated and executive produced by the late Country Music Hall of Famer's widow, Wanda Rogers, the 10-song heartfelt collection is filled with songs that were near and dear to the late legend but in most cases never released. The deeply personal songs culled from Kenny's personal archives include eight never-before-heard recordings, spanning 2008-2011, and showcase his range through an array of original material and covers, including interpretations of Eric Clapton's "Wonderful Tonight" and Lionel Richie's "Goodbye," as well as the artist's long-sought-after duet with Dolly Parton, "Tell Me That You Love Me," of which Robert K. Oermann of Music Row remarked, "The jaunty rhythm and buoyant mood burble along while these two superb harmony vocalists bounce their voices merrily against each other. A total smile." The centerpiece of the album is the previously unreleased treasure, "Catchin' Grasshoppers," a deeply personal ode to Kenny's twin sons with Wanda Rogers, Justin and Jordan. Watch the lyric video below and stream The Gambler In Dolby Atmos here

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