Kenny Rogers (album)

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Kenny Rogers
Studio album by Kenny Rogers
Released 1977
Recorded 1977 (1977)
Length 35:49
Label United Artists Records
Producer Larry Butler
Kenny Rogers chronology
Love Lifted Me
(1976)
Kenny Rogers
(1977)
Daytime Friends
(1977)

Kenny Rogers is the title of Kenny Rogers' second solo album for United Artists Records, released worldwide in 1977. The album marked his first major solo success following the minor success of Love Lifted Me in 1976.

The album produced two singles. The first single, 1976's "Laura (What He's Got That I Ain't Got?)", peaked at #19. This song was originally a #1 country hit for Leon Ashley in 1967. In 1977, Kenny gained stardom with the single "Lucille", which climbed to the top of the country charts (both in the U.S. and Canada) and placing him squarely on the U.S. Hot 100 in the #5 position. It also blew open his solo career in the UK, reaching #1 there. Another track from the album is "I Wasn't Man Enough" which makes appearances on some of Rogers' greatest hits compilations in years to come.

The album reached #1 on the Country charts and ranked as high as #30 overall, and was certified Platinum in the U.S. (only reaching Gold in Canada).

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Laura (What's He Got That I Ain't Got)" (Leon Ashley, Margie Singleton) – 2:52
  2. "I Wasn't Man Enough" (Larry Butler, Roger Bowling) – 3:30
  3. "Mother Country Music" (Joe Nixon) 2:49
  4. "Why Don't We Go Somewhere and Love" (Kenny O'Dell, Larry Henley) – 3:31
  5. "Green Green Grass of Home" (Curly Putman) – 3:35
  6. "Till I Get It Right" (Larry Henley, Red Lane) – 3:05
  7. "Lucille" (Roger Bowling, Hal Bynum) – 3:42
  8. "The Son of Hickory Holler's Tramp" (Dallas Frazier) – 3:12
  9. "Lay Down Beside Me" (Don Williams) – 3:55
  10. "Puttin' In Overtime at Home" (Ben Peters) – 3:00
  11. "While I Play the Fiddle" (R. Willis, Ronnie Sessions) – 2:38

Personnel[edit]

  • Kenny Rogers - vocals
  • Bill Sanford, Dale Sellers, David Kirby, Fred Carter, Jerry Shook, Jimmy Capps, Johnny Christopher, Pete Wade, Ray Edenton, Reggie Young, Steve Gibson - guitar
  • Pete Drake - steel guitar
  • Bob Moore, Joe Osborn, Tommy Allsup - bass
  • Bobby Wood, Charles "Chuck" Cochran, George Richey, Hargus "Pig" Robbins, Larry Butler - keyboards
  • Shane Keister - synthesizer
  • Tommy Williams - violin
  • Buddy Harmon, Jerry Carrigan, Kenny Malone - drums, percussion
  • Bergen White, Buzz Cason, Don Gant, Johnny MacCrae, The Jordanaires, Larry Keith, Steve Pippin - background vocals
  • Brenton Banks, Byron Theodore Bach, Carl Gorodetzky, Gary Vanosdale, George Binkley, Lennie Haight, Marvin Chantry, Pamela Sixfin, Roy Christensen, Sheldon Kurland, Stephanie Woolf, Steven Maxwell Smith - strings
  • Bill Justis - string arrangement

Chart performance[1][edit]

Chart (1977) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 30
Canadian RPM Top Albums 17

References[edit]

Preceded by
New Harvest – First Gathering by Dolly Parton
Top Country Albums number-one album
May 21–28, 1977
Succeeded by
Ol' Waylon by Waylon Jennings