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Gilson Lavis

Happy birthday to artist and drummer Gilson Lavis, born on this day in 1951. He’s famous for being in Squeeze for decades, also for touring with Chuck Berry, Dolly Parton and others.

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Kenny Rogers / 21 Number Ones

Kenny Rogers

21 Number Ones (Capitol)

http://www.kennyrogers.com

With the passing of Kenny Rogers, several of his compilation CD’s are back on the charts. 21 Number Ones is a pretty good one, covering his hit material from the 1970’s, into the early 80’s.

“The Gambler”,”Lady” and “She Believes in Me” are all here, freshly remastered. Also included, are his smash-hit duets, “We’ve Got Tonight,” with Sheena Easton, and “Islands In The Stream,” with Dolly Parton.

With 21 tracks in all, it’s hard to imagine that you could want more, unless you’re looking for his early tracks with First Edition. Kenny Rogers was one of country music’s biggest crossover successes, and his his gravelly baritone will be missed.

D.P.