Singer and actor Kenny Rogers died yesterday (March 20th) at the age of 81. For more than 20 years, I’ve wondered if he sang the theme song to The New People (ABC, 1969-1970).
Why? Prior to embarking on a wildly successful solo career in the mid-1970s, Rogers was a member of the rock band The First Edition (later known as Kenny Rogers and the First Edition). According to the closing credits to the series premiere of The New People, the theme song “The New People” was sung by The First Edition, with music and lyrics by Earle Hagen.
I’ve always assumed The First Edition listed in the closing credits is the same The First Edition that featured Kenny Rogers, Mickey Jones, Mike Settle, and others. But I don’t know for sure. If it is, does that mean Kenny Rogers sang the theme song?
Here’s audio of the closing theme song from the series premiere:
Does that sound like Kenny Rogers during his years with The First Edition?