Willie Nelson and Kenny Rogers often collaborated together, but many fans wouldn't know this surprising fact. He originally wanted Nelson to record "The Gambler." Can you think of anyone besides Rogers who could sing this hit song? Nelson actually went on the Today show to talk about how he almost ended up recording and singing the song.\r\n\r\n\u201cThrough the years, him and I were big pals,\u201d he tells Jenna Bush-Hager. \u201cIn fact, he tried to get me to record \u2018The Gambler.\u2019 We were somewhere, I don\u2019t know, and he was like, \u2018I\u2019ve got this song, I think you should do it,\u2019 and he played it for me and I said, \u2018You know, I think it\u2019s a great song, but I don\u2019t think I\u2019ll do it,\u2019 because, I was doing, every night, a song called \u2018Red Headed Stranger\u2019 which has 100 verses in it.\u201d\r\nWould what it sound like if Willie Nelson had recorded "The Gambler" instead of Kenny Rogers?\r\n\r\n\r\nNelson continues, \u201cI said \u2018I just don\u2019t want to do another long song,\u2019 so he said, \u2018OK, I will record it myself,\u2019 and so he did and, you know, there it is.\u201d The song has since become synonymous with the late Rogers' career as it earned him a No. 1 spot on the charts in 1978. It would also earn him a Grammy Award for best country vocal performance the next year.\r\n\r\nRELATED: See Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, & Willie Nelson Perform \u201cLean On Me\u201d Together\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nNelson was also asked if he regrets turning down this recognizable song. Safe to say, Nelson doesn't regret it at all, saying \u201cthat was Kenny\u2019s song all the way.\u201d Mr. Nelson is also doing pretty well in the music industry, as at 87 years old, he just released a new album called First Rose of Spring.