Kenny Rogers

  • Aired:  10/03/12
  •  | Views: 372

Country music legend Kenny Rogers discusses his jazz beginnings and trusts that his song "The Gambler" is a metaphor for something. (5:35)

>> Colbert: WELCOME BACK, EVERYBODY.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS A COUNTRY MUSIC LEGEND, WHO HAS WRITTEN A MEMOIR LUCK OR SOMETHING LIKE IT.

THIS IS GOING TO BE A GREAT INTERVIEW.

OR SOMETHING LIKE IT.

PLEASE WELCOME KENNY ROGERS!

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

>> Colbert: SIT DOWN.

NICE TO SEE YOU AGAIN.

ALL RIGHT.

I AM AN ENORMOUS FAN.

>> THANK YOU.

>> Colbert: YOU ARE ONE OF THE BEST SELLING ARTISTS OF ALL-TIME, 65 ALBUMS.

120 MILLION ALBUMS SOLD WORLDWIDE, THREE GRAMMYS, A PULITZER, A NOBEL, EVERYTHING.

YOU HAVE GOT A HIT IN EACH OF THE LAST SIX DECADES, NUMBER EIGHT BEST SELLING MALE VOCAL ARTIST OF ALL TIMES! BRUCE

SPRINGSTEEN IS NUMBER SEVEN AND NEIL DIAMOND AT NUMBER 9.

HOW DOES THAT WORK? DO YOU GET TO TELL NEIL DIAMOND WHAT TO DO?

>> HE WORKS FOR ME.

>> Colbert: HE WORKS FOR YOU.

NEAL, GET MY SHOES.

>> SPRINGSTEEN CALLS YOU AND SAYS, KENNY BRING MY CAR AROUND.

>> I HAVE TO GO GET HIS CAR.

>> Colbert: NOW, YOU HAVE GOT A NEW BOOK CALLED LUCK OR SOMETHING LIKE IT.

>> YEAH.

>> Colbert: A MEMOIR.

OKAY.

WORLDWIDE CROSSOVER COUNTRY, ULTIMATE ACTOR, FIVE MINISERIES WORKED BASED ON ONE SONG, THE GAMBLER ALONE, WHY GOING INTO A

DYING INDUSTRY LIKE PUBLISHING? ESPECIALLY THE SAME WEEK THAT MY BOOK AMERICA AGAIN -- YOU HAVE GOT TO GET THAT.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN LUCK OR SOMETHING LIKE IT? WAS YOUR CAREER LUCK OR HARD WORK OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

>> IT WAS LUCK.

I STARTED IN JAZZ.

I WAS IN A JAZZ GROUP.

>> Colbert:.

>> IT IS SO TRUE.

I HAVE BEEN THERE AND TO BE ABLE TO EGO TO THAT TO COUNTRY OVERNIGHT AND FROM CHRISTI MITCHELL TO THE FIRST EDITION OVERNIGHT.

>> Colbert: FIRST EDITION IS WHEN I GOT TO KNOW YOU.

THAT WAS ROCK, BABY DOLL.

>> I KNOW YOU LIKED IT.

>> Colbert: I JUST DROPPED IN TO SEE WHAT CONDITION MY CONDITION WAS IN.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

>> Colbert: THAT'S A GREAT SONG.

>> THAT IS THE ONE THAT GOT ME.

TELL IT ALL, BRO, I DON'T EVEN KNOW THAT SONG ANYMORE.

>> Colbert: ONE WOMAN UP THERE IS WILLING TO LIE.

IT IS A GREAT SONG.

>> IT IS A GREAT SONG.

>> Colbert: RUBY, DON'T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN.

IT IS A HEARTWARMING -- IT IS A HEARTWARMING STORY OF A PARALYZED VIETNAM VET WHO WANTS TO KILL HIS WIFE WITH A SHOTGUN.

BUT YOU SING ALONG WITH HIM.

>> I WROTE A BUNCH OF THOSE.

COWARD OF THE COUNTRY IT IS ABOUT A RAPE BUT HAS A SING ALONG TUNE TO IT.

NOBODY CAN MAKE A FEEL GOOD RAPE STOPPING! WHOA! ALSO YOU FIND TIME TO LEAVE ME A LUCILLE, HE IS A WHORE.

>> THREE IS A WHORE.

>> HE IS A WHORE.

>> SHE IS OFF WITH THE FIRST COWBOY YOU FIND.

>> I KNOW.

>> Colbert: YOU ARE A TERRIBLE PERSONAL.

I DIDN'T REALIZE THAT.

>> I SING ABOUT TERRIBLE PERSON.

THE GAMBLER.

>> THE GAMBLER IS ONE OF THE BEST KNOWN COUNTRY SONGS OF ALL-TIME, HUGE HIT AROUND THE WORLD, I MEAN, FIVE MINISERIES

ABOUT ONE SONG!

>> Colbert: YOU ARE THE GAMBLER.

YOU HAVE TO KNOW WHEN YOU HOLD THEM, KNOW WHEN TO FOLD THEM.

>> KNOW WHEN TO WALK AWAY.

>> Colbert: KNOW WHEN TO RUN.

THAT IS GOOD ADVICE BUT AT NO POINT IN THE SONG DO YOU SAY WHEN THAT IS TO HOLD THEM OR FOLD THEM, WHY DO YOU LEAVE OUT

THE DETAILS IN A SONG ABOUT HOW TO PLAY POKER?

>> PERSONAL INTERPRETATION.

>> Colbert: REALLY? IS IT A METAPHOR?

>> IT IS A METAPHOR.

>> Colbert: WHAT IS THE SONG A METAPHOR OF?

>> I HAVE NO IDEA.

>> Colbert: BUT IT IS A METAPHOR.

>> IT IS AND I WILL STAND UP FOR THAT.

I JUST DON'T KNOW WHAT IT IS A METAPHOR FOR.

>> Colbert: IT IS A METAPHOR -- IT IS A METAPHOR, MY FRIEND, IT IS A METAPHOR FOR WHATEVER THE SIXTH MINISERIES IS ABOUT.

AND NOW YOU ALSO -- YOU ALSO DID, OF COURSE, THE GREAT ISLANDS IN THE STREAM, DOLLY PARTON, AND DOLLY PARDON, GIANT.

[ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]

>> Colbert: ALSO COUNTRY MUSIC GIANT.

HOW LONG DO YOU GUYS WORK TOGETHER?

>> OVER TWO YEARS.

>> Colbert: OKAY.

KENNY --

>> I HAVE A FEELING --

>> Colbert: YOU AND DOLLY --

>> STEPHEN --

>> Colbert: ANYTHING? ANYTHING?

>> NO.

>> Colbert: CAN I TAKE THAT AS A YES?

>> IT IS A METAPHOR.

>> Colbert: AND YOU ALSO WORKED WITH LIONEL RITCHEY HOW LONG DID YOU WORK WITH HILL.

>> ON AND OFF FOR TWO YEARS.

>> Colbert: KENNY? JUST TRYING TO SELL SOME BOOKS, MAN, I AM JUST TRYING TO SELL SOME BOOKS.

WE DANCED ONE TIME AND THAT WAS IT.

>> Colbert: THE BOOK IS LUCK OR SOMETHING LIKE IT.

THE GREAT KENNY ROGERS.

THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US.

>> Colbert: WE WILL BE RIGHT BACK.

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