50 years of Kenny Rogers celebrated

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Friends of the country music legend including Dolly Parton, Allison Krauss, Lionel Richie and Wynonna Judd are already signed on to take part in Kenny Rogers - The First 50 Years, which will film on April 10 at the MGM Grand At Foxwoods in Connecticut.

"Pretty courageous, isn't it?" laughed the 71-year-old.

He went on: "The whole idea is to get together with some friends of mine. I really don't want it to be a tribute. That's not what my deal is. It's kind of a celebration."

The special will take viewers through the six decades of Rogers' hits, including The Gambler, Lucille, Lady and the Dolly Parton duet Islands In The Stream.

Rogers will also perform, and he hopes that producers build in some unscripted time.

"I'm at my best when they turn me loose and just let me do something," he said.

Rogers is also ready to embrace his fashion history.

"I had never had a beard, and I parted my hair on the side like everybody else did," he said. "Then when I got in The First Edition, I was the oldest one, and they were saying, 'You may be too old for this group,' and I said, 'Whoa, whoa, hold on. Give me a chance here.' So I went back and parted my hair in the middle, which was a little more contemporary. I put an earring in my ear, and then I grew a beard, and I wore those brown, rose-coloured glasses to kind of give me an identification for that era."

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