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Book Vs. Movie: The Gambler

The 1978 Song & Kenny Rogers as The Gambler TV Movie

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The Margos’ latest episode is all about the Kenny Rogers classic “The Gambler.” The song was written in 1976 by Don Schlitz, who was only 26 years old at the time. It took two years before Rogers made it a number 1 hit. The song’s lyrics tell the story of a chance encounter on a train between the narrator and a seasoned gambler. 

The gambler imparts his wisdom about life and gambling to the narrator, offering advice including the famous lines: “You’ve got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away, and know when to run. You never count your money when you’re sittin’ at the table; there’ll be time enough for countin’ when the dealin’s done.”

The song was so popular that it became the basis for several top-rated TV movies. The first one, “The Gambler” (1980), introduced the character of Brady Hawkes. In this film, Brady meets a young orphan named Billy Montana and takes him under his wing as they travel together.

In their latest episode, the Margos discuss both the song and the TV movie and share their thoughts on which they liked more between the 1978 song and the first TV movie. Give it a listen to find out!

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