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Country king Kenny Rogers celebrates a big year

Earlier this summer Kenny Rogers, a veteran of country-pop smash hits such as “The Gambler,” “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town,” and “Islands in the Stream,” his unsinkable duet with Dolly Parton, stood on an unlikely stage. In front of more than 100,000 people, there he was at Glastonbury, the hallowed rock festival whose headliners that week included the Rolling Stones, Mumford & Sons, and Public Enemy.

After two songs, he introduced himself by way of expressing what everyone else must have been thinking: “OK, what’s wrong with this picture? Kenny Rogers and Glastonbury?”

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