Classics (Kenny Rogers and Dottie West album)

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Classics
Kenny Rogers-Classics.jpg
Studio album by
Released1979
Recorded1979
GenreCountry
LabelUnited Artists
ProducerLarry Butler
Kenny Rogers and Dottie West chronology
The Gambler
(1978)
Classics
(1979)
The Kenny Rogers Singles Album
(1979)
Dottie West chronology
Every Time Two Fools Collide
(1978)
Classics
(1979)
Special Delivery
(1980)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 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.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."All I Ever Need Is You"Jimmy Holiday, Eddie Reeves3:07
2."'Til I Can Make It on My Own"George Richey, Billy Sherrill, Tammy Wynette3:17
3."Just the Way You Are"Billy Joel3:30
4."You Needed Me"Randy Goodrum3:08
5."(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song"Larry Butler, Chips Moman3:07
6."Together Again"Buck Owens2:53
7."Midnight Flyer"Paul Craft3:19
8."You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin"Barry Mann, Phil Spector, Cynthia Weil4:06
9."Let's Take the Long Way Around the World"Archie Jordan, Naomi Martin2:55
10."Let It Be Me"Gilbert Bécaud, Mann Curtis, Pierre Delanoé3:22

Personnel[edit]

  • 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

Charts[edit]

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