His career began in the mid-1950s, when he recorded a number with a doo-wop group. This was followed by several years of slow-selling records & playing clubs--including a brief 1966 stint with the New Christy Minstrels--until the formation of The First Edition in 1967 (later renamed "Kenny Rogers and The First Edition). They chalked up a string of hits on both the pop and country charts, including "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town", "Reuben James" and "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)." The group split, and Rogers launched his solo career in 1976. Rogers continued to be successful performing for both pop and country audiences; to date, he has charted more than 60 hit singles (including upwards of 20 #1's) and no fewer than 40 hit albums.