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Kenny Rogers Announces Retirement From Touring

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    "The Gambler" Kenny Rogers says he's retiring from touring and will do one last worldwide farewell tour after five decades on the road.

    Rogers, 77, says in a video message on his website that he wants to spend more time with his two young sons and his wife, Wanda.

    "In my book I wrote, 'There's a fine line between being selfish and being driven,' and I think I crossed that line a lot when I was younger," Rogers said. "And I didn't get a chance to spend a lot of time with my older boys and I regret that now."

    The Grammy-winning singer will be on the road through the end of the year promoting his latest Christmas album, "Once Again It's Christmas," and will do a final world tour in 2016 with cities and dates to be announced later.

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    Rogers, whose career has spanned country, pop, Christian and folk genres and over 65 albums, said he's still thinking about making new music, maybe a duets album.

    "I found that everybody sings better as a duet," said Rogers, who famously made "Islands in the Stream" with Dolly Parton a huge pop song.

    Rogers will start his Christmas tour in November in Canada.

    His album is a mix of classic holiday tunes like "Little Drummer Boy" and "Baby It's Cold Outside," a few new songs and plenty of great duets with singers like Alison Krauss, Jennifer Nettles and the a cappella group Home Free.

    "There's a faction of people that always love Christmas music," Rogers said. "Music has always been the great memory maker of all times."