August 21, 1938 (age 76) Kenny Rogers was born August 21, 1938, in Houston, Texas. Rogers released The Gambler in 1978. The title track became another huge country and pop hit and gave Rogers his second Grammy Award. In addition to his solo work, Rogers recorded a series of hits with country legend Dottie West. By this time, he was a true crossover artist, enjoying enormous success on both the country and pop charts.