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Forget Planet Claire. For some '80s fans, it's all about Planet Texas



The proud residents of the state of Texas will gladly tell you they are different from other Americans. While some may fight for Texas to be their own country, in the '80s Kenny Rogers took it to another level with his succession plan of Planet Texas.

A native of Houston, Rogers ruled the charts in the early '80s with 14 Top 40 hits from '80-'84 including the number two number one smashes - Lady and Islands In The Stream. By the late '80s, the country pop movement faded from the charts and Rogers was confined to the  country charts.

Planet Texas as an ambitious single and music video from 1989 that tells the tall tale of cowboys and aliens. The song is also unique in its revival of the phrase "Yippee-ki-yay" in the chorus, which most of us in '80s Nation associate with Bruce Willis and his alternate catch phrase in Die Hard (you know how it goes). Yippee-ki-yay was first heard by the nation in the song I'm An Old Cowhand sung by Bing Crosby, Martha "The Big Mouth" Raye and others in the 1936 movie Rhythm On The Range. While originally a hit for Crosby, Hans Gruber and John McClain are also correct in their banter as Roy Rogers indeed covered the song with the Sons of the Pioneers. 

Kenny Rogers also defined his '80s career by appearing in movies, including leading roles in movies like Six Pack and multiple installments of The Gambler made-for-TV series. Rogers just released his new Christmas album Once Again, It's Christmas and continues to tour and appear in GEICO commercials.

[Last modified: Monday, October 12, 2015 5:08pm]


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