Share Your Love

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Share Your Love
Studio album by Kenny Rogers
Released 1981
Recorded 1981
Genre Country
Length 36:28
Label Liberty Records
Producer Lionel Richie
Kenny Rogers chronology
Greatest Hits
(1980)
Share Your Love
(1981)
Christmas
(1981)

Share Your Love is the eighth solo studio album by country singer Kenny Rogers, released in 1981. Produced by Lionel Richie, it is also Rogers' his first with Liberty Records besides his Greatest Hits album. The album has sold nine million copies worldwide.

Overview[edit]

Four singles were released from this Share Your Love. "I Don't Need You" charted at number 1 on the US and Canadian country charts as well as reaching the top of the US Adult Contemporary charts, and number 3 on the US Hot 100. The title cut "Share Your Love With Me" reached number 14 on the Hot 100 and 5 in the US Country charts, though it did reach number 2 in Canada and led the Adult Contemporary charts. After taking a break to release a single from his first Christmas album, "Blaze of Glory", which features Kin Vassy on backing vocals, was also released as a single, although it was a lesser hit than the first two singles. The final single, "Through The Years", returned Rogers to the charts by putting him atop the Adult Contemporary charts once again.

The album reached #1 on the country charts and #6 on the pop charts, reaching platinum and double-platinum status in the US and Canada, respectively.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars link

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Blaze of Glory" (Danny Morrison, John Thomas Slate, Larry Keith) (2:37)
  2. "I Don't Need You" (Rick Christian) (3:27)
  3. "The Good Life" (Lionel Richie) (2:47)
  4. "Makes Me Wonder If I Ever Said Goodbye" (Mickey Newbury) (2:29)
  5. "Through the Years" (Steve Dorff, Marty Panzer) (4:48)
  6. "Share Your Love with Me" (Alfred Braggs, Deadric Malone) (3:19)
  7. "So in Love with You" (Richie) (4:17)
  8. "Goin' Back to Alabama" (Richie) (5:04)
  9. "Without You in My Life" (Richie, Thomas McClary) (5:04)
  10. "Gray Beard" (Kenny Rogers, Gene Golden) (2:36)

Personnel[edit]

Compiled from liner notes.[1]

Musicians
  • Dennis Belfied - bass guitar
  • David Boruff - saxophone on "I Don't Need You"
  • Eddie Brown - percussion
  • Ollie Brown - percussion
  • Sonny Burke - keyboards
  • James Burton - guitars
  • Joe Chemay - bass guitar
  • Paulinho DeCosta - percussion
  • Nathan East - bass guitar
  • Barnaby Finch - keyboards
  • Ed Greene - drums
  • Glen Hardin - keyboards
  • Rickey Harper - guitars
  • Gary Herbig - saxophone on "Share Your Love"
  • John Hobbs - keyboards
  • Paul Jackson, Jr. - guitars
  • Darrell Jones - guitars
  • Abraham Laboriel - bass guitar
  • Paul Leim - drums
  • Thomas McClary - guitars
  • Lincoln Miroga - keyboards
  • Ray Parker, Jr. - guitars
  • Sylvester Rivers, Jr. - keyboards
  • Jerry Sheff - bass guitar
  • Rick Shlosser - drums
  • Edgar Struble - strings
  • Fred Tackett - guitars
  • Billy Joe Walker, Jr. - guitars
Backing vocalists
  • Track 1: Kin Vassy, Terry Williams, Gene Marford
  • Track 2: Terry Williams, Kin Vassy, Cindy Fee, Juanice Charmain
  • Track 3: Deborah Thomas, Kin Vassy, Terry Williams, Cindy Fee
  • Track 4: Kin Vassy, Terry Williams, Cindy Fee
  • Track 5: none
  • Track 6: Gladys Knight & the Pips (Gladys Knight, William Guest, Merald "Bubba" Knight, Edward Patten), Lionel Richie
  • Track 7: Lionel Richie, Terry Williams, Cindy Fee
  • Track 8: Lionel Richie, Michael Jackson
  • Track 9: Kin Vassy, Terry Williams, Deborah Thomas, Brooks Hunnicut
  • Track 10: Lionel Richie, Terry Williams, Dorothy Sugarloaf
Technical
  • Harry Bluestone - concertmaster
  • Reggie Dozier - recording and mixing engineer
  • Bernie Grundman - mastering
  • Brenda Harvey Richie - assistant production
  • Gene Page - string, horn, and rhythm arrangement
  • Lionel Richie - production
  • Kenny Rogers - mixing engineer, rhythm track on "Makes Me Wonder"

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1981) Peak position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 6
Canadian RPM Top Albums 11

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Share Your Love (LP liner). Kenny Rogers. Liberty Records. 1981. 134416. 
Preceded by
Feels So Right by Alabama
Top Country Albums number-one album
August 29 - September 5, 1981
Succeeded by
Feels So Right by Alabama