The A&E Biography episode on Kenny Rogers debuting tonight (Monday) features clips from his final interview.
The two-hour documentary serves up guest stars Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire and Lionel Richie — who explains how he reshaped a song he was pitching to Kenny. “I had this song called ‘Baby’… I land in Vegas and all I prepared is the first verse, the way I would normally do it for The Commodores.”
Rogers then recalls discussing his recent marriage, telling Lionel about Marianne Gordon. “I married a lady, a real lady… A country boy like me from Houston, Texas, what I am doing with a lady…she’s got such taste, such class, such style and she’s such a lady.” Soon, Lionel realized that Kenny had just renamed the new song: “Lady.” (Rolling Stone)