Kenny performed “The Gambler” at the 43rd Annual Induction Ceremony and Awards Presentation of the Songwriters Hall of Fame at New York City’s Marriott Marquis on Thursday, June 14 to commemorate the induction of Don Schlitz, the song’s writer and a long-time friend. Don has also written the classic No. 1 hits “When You Say Nothing At All” (Keith Whitley) and “Forever and Ever, Amen” (Randy Travis).
“The Gambler,” released in November 1978 as the title track from his fifth studio album, earned Kenny a Grammy Award in 1979 for Best Male Country Vocal Performance and that same year he was named the CMA Male Vocalist of the Year. The Gambler album won CMA Album of the Year honors in 1979 as well as American Music Awards Favorite Country Album in both 1980 and 1981. Don earned CMA Songwriter of the Year honors and the song was also named CMA Song of the Year. Johnny Cash, Bobby Bare and Don himself also recorded the song separately, but it was Kenny’s version of the recording that became the most well-known and helped launch his solo career into the stratosphere.
CONGRATULATIONS TO DON SCHLITZ ON A WELL-DESERVED INDUCTION INTO THE SONGWRITER’S HALL OF FAME! BEST WISHES FOR CONTINUED SUCCESS!
See the full ASCAP slideshow of the Songwriters Hall of Fame Honors here: http://bit.ly/PsL9YC