One of Kenny Rogers most popular albums, The Gambler sports one of country music’s most well-known and perfectly-illustrated covers.
The Gambler was Kenny Rogers sixth studio album, released on United Artists in 1978. Produced by Larry Butler, the record included one of his best and most famous song, “The Gambler,” as well as three covers of Alex Harvey tunes and an interpretation of Mickey Newbury’s “San Francisco Mabel Joy.”
The cover is classic Kenny: sporting the dress of an 1800s cowboy card player, Rogers is surrounded by able competition and more than a few ladies vying for his attention. The gold frame and elaborate country-style typography brings home the design, one of the finest of its kind.
Originally published on WNEW.com on March 27, 2012.