Everyone needs a certain appreciation for the classics – those songs that inspired the Texas and Nashville tunes we hear today. There was a certain honesty in songwriting back in the day that deserves to be recognized and remembered.

Kenny Rogers was recently honored at the CMAs with the Willie Nelson Lifetime Achievement Award - and what a lifetime of achievement he has attained, with over 120 hit singles among many recognitions and rewards! My goodness.

Hence, classic this week is his own personal favorite tune, The Gambler, the 1978 title track from his album The Gambler.