Classics (Kenny Rogers and Dottie West album)

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Studio album by Kenny Rogers and Dottie West
Released 1979
Recorded 1979
Genre Country
Label United Artists
Producer Larry Butler
Kenny Rogers and Dottie West chronology
The Gambler
(1978)The Gambler1978
The Kenny Rogers Singles Album
(1979)The Kenny Rogers Singles Album1979
Dottie West chronology
Every Time Two Fools Collide
(1978) Every Time Two Fools Collide1978
(1979) Classics1979
Special Delivery
(1980) Special Delivery1980
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars Link

Classics is a duet album by Kenny Rogers and Dottie West, released in 1979.

This album was Kenny Rogers' and Dottie West's second album together. Their previous album, Every Time Two Fools Collide, was a major seller, and made them one of the biggest duet acts country music has ever seen. This album was no different. The album sold very well, and peaked at number three on the Top Country Albums chart in 1979, and No.82 on the Billboard 200. This album featured cover versions of classic hits by other artists, including two country hit singles, one went to number one, called "All I Ever Need Is You" (a big hit for Sonny and Cher), and another went to number three, called "'Til I Can Make It on My Own" (a hit for Tammy Wynette).

The album was certified by the RIAA as Platinum. It has sold over 2 million copies worldwide.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "All I Ever Need Is You" Jimmy Holiday, Eddie Reeves 3:07
2. "'Til I Can Make It on My Own" George Richey, Billy Sherrill, Tammy Wynette 3:17
3. "Just the Way You Are" Billy Joel 3:30
4. "You Needed Me" Randy Goodrum 3:08
5. "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" Larry Butler, Chips Moman 3:07
6. "Together Again" Buck Owens 2:53
7. "Midnight Flyer" Paul Craft 3:19
8. "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin" Barry Mann, Phil Spector, Cynthia Weil 4:06
9. "Let's Take the Long Way Around the World" Archie Jordan, Naomi Martin 2:55
10. "Let It Be Me" Gilbert Bécaud, Mann Curtis, Pierre Delanoé 3:22


  • Tommy Allsup – Bass
  • Byron Bach – Strings
  • George Binkley III – Strings
  • Larry Butler – Harpsichord, keyboards, producer
  • Jimmy Capps – Guitar
  • Jerry Carrigan – Percussion, drums
  • John Catchings – Strings
  • Marvin Chantry – Strings
  • Gene Chrisman – Percussion, drums
  • Roy Christensen – Strings
  • Bobby Daniels – Background Vocals
  • Randy Dorman – Guitar
  • Pete Drake – Steel guitar
  • Ray Edenton – Guitar
  • Steve Glassmeyer – Soprano saxophone, background vocals
  • Gene Golden – Background vocals
  • Carl Gorodetzky – Strings
  • Lennie Haight – Strings
  • The Jordanaires – Background vocals
  • Bill Justis – Strings, arranger
  • Sheldon Kurland – Strings
  • Byron Metcalf – Percussion, drums
  • Bob Moore – Bass
  • Hargus "Pig" Robbins – Keyboards
  • Kenny Rogers – Vocals
  • Billy Sanford – Guitar
  • Billy Sherrill – Engineer
  • Steven Maxwell Smith – Strings
  • Gary VanOsdale – Strings
  • Pamela VanOsdale – Strings
  • Dottie West – Guitar, Vocals
  • Chip Young – Guitar
  • Reggie Young – Guitar


AlbumBillboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1979 Top Country Albums 3
The Billboard 200 82

SinglesBillboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1979 "All I Ever Need Is You" Hot Country Singles & Tracks 1
Bubbling Hot 100 102
Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks chart 38
"'Til I Can Make It on My Own" Hot Country Singles & Tracks 3