I Don't Need You
|"I Don't Need You"|
|Single by Kenny Rogers|
|from the album Share Your Love|
|B-side||"Without You in My Life"|
|Released||June 15, 1981|
|Format||7" (45 rpm)|
|Genre||Country, Adult Contemporary, Pop|
|Kenny Rogers singles chronology|
The song was first recorded and released as a single in 1978 by Rick Christian himself (the song's writer) at Shoe Productions, a recording studio/production company, in Memphis, TN, but it failed to chart. Harry Nilsson recorded it in 1979 and released it on his Flash Harry album in 1980, but he did not release it as a single. Madeleine Marks also recorded it for her Self Titled album in early 1981, but did not release it as a single 
Kenny Rogers had collaborated with R&B/pop singer-songwriter Lionel Richie in 1980 with the song "Lady". After the success of that record, Rogers asked Richie to produce his next album, Share Your Love. Although the original plan was for Richie to write all the songs for Rogers' forthcoming album, the two men agreed to accept songs they both liked for the project which had been written by others. "I Don't Need You", written by Rick Christian, was one of those songs.
Chosen as the lead single, "I Don't Need You" spent two weeks at number 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in August 1981. The song also rose to number 1 on two other Billboard music charts, the country chart as well as the adult contemporary chart. It remained atop the latter chart for six weeks in July and August of that year.
Rogers has been quoted describing "I Don't Need You" as "...still to this day one of my favorite songs", although he admitted that "I don't think I ever met Rick Christian, the guy who wrote it."
|US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)||1|
|US Billboard Hot 100||3|
|US Adult Contemporary (Billboard)||1|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||1|
|Canadian RPM Top Singles||2|
|Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks||2|
Other Recordings of "I Don't Need You"
- Rick Christian - single (Mercury Records, 1978)
- Harry Nilsson, recorded in 1979 and released on his album Flash Harry in 1980 (United Artists/Mercury, 1980)
- The Carpenters, recorded in 1980 but never released.
- Madeleine Marks on her Self-Titled album (RCA, 1981)
- Clayton, Rose (1981). "A Bright New Scene For Singer & Writer Christian Billboard Magazine (page 35) Aug 8, 1981 (Billboard Publications)
- Hyatt, Wesley (1999). The Billboard Book of #1 Adult Contemporary Hits (Billboard Publications)
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits, 8th Edition (Billboard Publications)
- "Kenny Rogers – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Kenny Rogers.
- "Kenny Rogers – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Kenny Rogers.
- "Kenny Rogers – Chart history" Billboard Adult Contemporary for Kenny Rogers.
"All Those Years Ago" by George Harrison
|Billboard Adult Contemporary (chart) number-one single by Kenny Rogers
July 11, 1981 (6 weeks)
"Touch Me When We're Dancing" by The Carpenters
"Too Many Lovers"
by Crystal Gayle
|Billboard Hot Country Singles
August 15-August 22, 1981
"(There's) No Gettin' Over Me"
by Ronnie Milsap
|RPM Country Tracks
September 5, 1981
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