Kenny Rogers offered 'The Gambler' to Willie Nelson, but he rejected it

music news 10/07/2020

Willie Nelson has said that he was offered by Kenny Rogers to record the iconic tune, 'The Gambler' but turned it down.

Rogers had a huge success with the song when he released it in 1978, peaking at No. 1 and earning him a Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance the following year.

Nelson explained that the pair were great friends during those years and Rogers tried to get him to record 'The Gambler'.

"We were somewhere, I don't know, and he was like, 'I've got this song, I think you should do it,' and he played it for me," Nelson said. "And I said, 'You know, it's a great song, but I don't think I'll do it.'"

Nelson said that he was performing 'Red Headed Stranger' almost every night which was a very long song. "I said, 'I just don't want to do another long song on my show, and I can't quit 'Red Headed Stranger'," he explained to the Today show. "So he said, 'Okay, I will record it myself,' and so he did. And there it is."