Bid farewell to one of the true giants of country music, who has passed away aged 81, with a playlist featuring 5 of his stone-cold classics - truth be told, we could have easily gone another 5. And there's only one way to begin...

The Gambler (1978)

Kenny's signature tune remains one of the all-time country classics - he later starred in a series of TV movies inspired by Don Schlitz's song. And how deep are those lyrics? 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.

Lucille (1977)

If you're Irish and of a certain age, a certain essential rite of passage involved participating in a pub singalong to his maudlin country soul masterpiece: You picked a fine time to leave me, Lucille/With four hungry children and a crop in the field/I've had some bad times, lived through some sad times/But this time your hurting won't heal/You picked a fine time to leave me, Lucille.

Islands In The Stream (1983)

Sail away with me/To another world... When country icons rock the pop world - oft parodied, much loved, this standard was penned by the Bee Gees and named after a Hemmingway novel - featuring Kelly and Dolly at the height of their powers, it remains one of the greatest duets of all time.

Lady (1980)

At the height of his superstardom, Kenny enlisted the king of the soapy power ballad - Lionel Richie - to pen this breakup classic. "The idea was that Lionel would come from R&B and I'd come from country," he said years later, "and we'd meet somewhere in pop."  It became the first record of the 1980s to chart on all four of Billboard magazine's singles charts - country, Hot 100, adult contemporary and Top Soul Singles.

Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In) (1967)

His pop culture legacy is guaranteed thanks to The Coen Brothers' memorable use of an early hit by Kenny's band The First Edition in this unforgettable dream sequence in The Big Lebowski.