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Charted: Dec. 16, 1978

Rating: 4.500 (average of 5 ratings)

Genre: country

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. The Gambler
  2. I Wish That I Could Hurt That Way Again
  3. King of Oak Street
  4. Makin’ Music for Money
  5. Hoodooin’ of Miss Fannie Deberry
  6. She Believes in Me
  7. Tennessee Bottle
  8. Sleep Tight, Goodnight Man
  9. Little More Like Me (The Crucifixion)
  10. San Francisco Mabel Joy
  11. Morgana Jones


sales in U.S. only 5 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 6 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 12
peak on U.K. album chart --

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • The Gambler (10/28/78) #16 US, #22 UK, #1 CW, #3 AC
  • She Believes in Me (3/79) #5 US, #42 UK, #1 CW, #1 AC. Sales: 1 million

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Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. American Music Awards – Album of the Year, country Country Music Association award for Album of the Year. Click to go to CMA site.

The Gambler
Kenny Rogers
“Kenny Rogers took a bit of a chance in releasing this loosly based concept album at the time, but boy, did it pay off! Sales for the album went through the roof, as the title track and She Believes in Me became pop crossover hits, with the latter reaching the pop Top 10. Later, ‘The Gambler’ was turned into a string of made-for-television movies” (Chrispell).

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Last updated November 18, 2008.