Music fans in Saudi Arabia mourn country legend Kenny Rogers

In this Oct. 24, 2017 file photo, Kenny Rogers poses with his star on the Music City Walk of Fame in Nashville, Tennessee. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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Updated 25 March 2020

Music fans in Saudi Arabia mourn country legend Kenny Rogers

  • Kenny Rogers visited Saudi Arabia in 1977 for a series of concerts at Saudi Aramco compounds
  • The country music legend died at the age of 81 on Friday

JEDDAH: Fans of country music in Saudi Arabia were in mourning on Saturday after the death of Grammy award-winning legend Kenny Rogers.

The American singer, who was 81, is remembered in the Kingdom for playing a series of concerts at Saudi Aramco compounds in the summer of 1977.

Rogers performed for oil company staff and their families at Ras Tanura on June 30, Abqaiq on July 6 and Dhahran on July 7, just as his career was beginning to take off with his break-out single Lucille.

Donna Grothus-Collington, an American teacher in Ras Tanura, told the aramcoexpat website: “We loved having Kenny at our school gym and how excited everyone was. What grand memories, what golden years.”




This Feb. 20, 1978 file photo shows Kenny Rogers at his home in Brentwood, California. Just months before, he visited Saudi Arabia and entertained in a series of concerts at Aramco compounds. (AP file photo)

Colleen Wilson, who lived in Abqaiq, wrote about the concert in her diary. She remembered tickets cost SR10, and the show was a 500-person sellout.

“He had a beard, a moustache that grew down into his beard, and long, straggly hair, but we thought he was the most handsome thing we had ever seen,” she said.

“He sang ‘Lucille’ of course, and we sang along with every word, as we had memorized it. He also sang ‘Rollin’On The River” from his TV show, and a lot of other songs we weren’t so familiar with. It was great.

“He did two shows that night, and we danced in between, so it was a lot of fun, and one of the highlights of that period of our life in Saudi Arabia.”

Rogers began a farewell tour in 2016 but in April 2018 he canceled the last few shows because of “health challenges.”

He “passed away peacefully at home from natural causes under the care of hospice and surrounded by his family,” the family said.


Missing your salon? How to care for your hair while you #StayHome

We speak to a hair expert on the dos and don’ts of at-home hair care. (File/Instagram)
Updated 30 March 2020

Missing your salon? How to care for your hair while you #StayHome

DUBAI: As salon-goers face the closure of spas, salons and barbershops, we speak to Haneen Odeh, founder of UAE’s Snob salon for her take on the dos and don’ts of at-home hair care.

Many men and women who rely on salon visits to keep their lengths healthy could be left wondering what to do between now and their next visit to a professional hair stylist. But just as important is what not to do (read: DIY trim job) to avoid ruining your hair and having to impose your own personal period of self-isolation once the pandemic is over due to a ruined haircut you tried to pull off in the bathroom mirror.

Don’t bleach your own hair
“For those who usually go to the salon to dye their lengths blonde, roots may be starting to show now. And while it might be tempting, I would strongly urge to not bleach your own roots. Lightening dark hair is a very complex multi-step process that requires years of experience and professional grade products only available at salons. Bleaching your hair incorrectly might result in burning and damaging your hair. Instead, opt for a root spray such as the L'Oreal Paris Magic Root Cover Up Concealer Spray. Otherwise, you can always conceal your dark roots with a headband or try wrapping your hair up with a scarf.” 

Do deep conditioning treatments
“Use this time to nourish your hair with a deep conditioning treatment. A lot of people simply apply it in the shower on wet hair for a few minutes and call it a day, but that way means that your lengths aren’t getting the full benefits of the product. Think of hair like a sponge, when it’s wet, it’s already full of water and cannot absorb anything more. So to make sure the product is fully absorbed into your locks, towel dry your hair after shampooing and then apply the treatment. Leave it on for 15-20 minutes and then rinse. You’ll see a huge difference.” May we suggest The Let It Go Circle hair mask from Davines, which is designed to boost hydration and revitalize dry and brittle strands?  

Don’t pick up the scissors
“When you’re bored, it might be tempting to pick up the scissors but, and I can’t stress this enough, don’t trim your own bangs or make any big changes to your hair cut on your own. It will inevitably go wrong and you will end up paying more to get it fixed in the long run. Try out some new hairstyles instead. There are plenty of tutorials on YouTube so experiment a little and get your hair professionally cut once it’s safe to do so.”

 Don’t over wash
“The more you wash your strands, the more you strip the scalp of its natural oils, and that in turn makes the scalp produce even more oil, which causes you to wash your hair more often — and the cycle goes on and on. Now is the perfect opportunity to give your lengths a break and cut down on the washing. Your hair might get oily, but once the adjustment period is over, you will notice that it will require less frequent washing.”

Do try scalp treatments
“Too often, we pay attention to the lengths of our hair and give our scalp no attention. But caring for your scalp improves the overall health of your tresses, stimulates hair growth and gets rid of dandruff due to product buildup. Scalp treatments range from serums to salt scrubs, so pick a product that suits your hair needs. Le Labo's basil-scented Scrub Shampoo uses black sea salt and menthol to clear away dirt and cool scalps down.”