The loss of Kenny Rogers last month was a sad day for the music industry. The star who successfully navigated country, pop and easy listening left us with countless beautiful pieces of music from his collaborations with The First Edition, Dolly Parton, and The Bee Gees – as well as his plethora of solo releases. Capitol Nashville have continued to add to his legacy with new track Goodbye being sent to radio.
The heartfelt ballad has actually made an appearance before as Billboard notes “The Lionel Richie-penned tune had been released once — on Kenny Rogers: The First 50 Years, a 45-track compilation released by Time Life in 2009, as one of three previously unreleased tunes –but otherwise the story behind the song was a bit of a mystery.” Although some die hard fans will be familiar with the track it will remain relatively new to most audiences.
Rogers’ label are looking into the release of further posthumous tracks, but obviously do not wanting to appear opportunistic releasing them all now. Hopefully we’ll get to hear any of Rogers’ unreleased tracks soon. In the meantime, check out his later albums Water & Bridges and You Can’t Make Old Friends for some of the singer’s less well-known later albums.