Gideon (album)

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Studio album by
LabelUnited Artists Group
ProducerLarry Butler and Kenny Rogers
Kenny Rogers chronology
Greatest Hits

Gideon is the ninth studio album by Kenny Rogers. Issued by United Artists Records in 1980, it reached #1 on the country charts and the top 20 of the pop charts. It includes the worldwide hit "Don't Fall in Love with a Dreamer" (a duet with Kim Carnes, who co-wrote the entire album with her husband Dave Ellingson).

Gideon is a concept album about a Texas cowboy, and all the songs stick to this theme. The album is a look back at his life in retrospect. In the first song "Gideon Tanner", it is known that Gideon is dead. This and most of the other songs are sung from the point of view of Gideon.

Although the album's only single release was "Don't Fall in Love with a Dreamer", the song "Saying Goodbye" was issued on the B-side to Rogers' top five hit single "Love the World Away".

Gideon reached #1 on the Billboard Country charts in 1980.

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Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Kim Carnes and David M. Ellingson.

1."Goin' Home to the Rock" (intro)0:40
2."Gideon Tanner"2:34
3."No Good Texas Rounder"4:11
4."Don't Fall in Love with a Dreamer" (with Kim Carnes)3:39
5."The Buckeroos"3:16
6."You Were a Good Friend"3:53
7."Call Me Up (The Phone Is in the Cradle)"3:17
8."These Chains"3:22
9."Somebody Help Me"2:51
10."One Place in the Night"2:59
11."Sayin' Goodbye"3:25
12."Goin' Home to the Rock" (reprise)0:58


  • Kenny Rogers – lead vocals
  • Randy Dorman – guitar
  • Patrick Harper – guitar
  • Billy Sanford – guitar, dobro
  • Chuck Jacobs – bass guitar
  • Bobby Daniels – drums, backing vocals
  • Jerry Carrigan – percussion
  • Larry Butler – piano
  • Bill Cuomo – piano
  • Steve Glassmeyer – piano, backing vocals
  • Eugene Golden – piano, backing vocals
  • Edgar Struble – clavinet, synthesizer, backing vocals, horn arrangements (7)
  • Bill Justis – string arrangements
  • The Sheldon Kurland Strings – strings
  • Lea Jane Berinati – backing vocals
  • Kim Carnes – backing vocals, duet vocals (4)
  • James Cason – backing vocals
  • David Ellingson – backing vocals
  • Wendy Suits – backing vocals
  • Dennis Wilson – backing vocals


Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1980) Peak position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 12
Canadian RPM Country Albums 1
Canadian RPM Top Albums 5

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