Kenny (album)

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Studio album by Kenny Rogers
Released September 1979[1]
Recorded 1979
Genre Country
Length 36:02
Label United Artists Group
Producer Larry Butler
Kenny Rogers chronology
The Kenny Rogers Singles Album
(1979)The Kenny Rogers Singles Album1979
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [2]

Kenny is the eighth studio album by Kenny Rogers, released in 1979. It includes the singles "Coward of the County" and "You Decorated My Life."

"Tulsa Turnaround" is a reworking of an earlier song Rogers recorded with The First Edition.

"Goodbye Marie" was later recorded by Bobby Goldsboro, charting as a single for him in 1981.

The album reached the top five of the US Billboard album chart and #1 in the Country charts (where it stayed for a record total of 25 weeks). In the UK, it was a top ten album as well. In 2007, the album was issued as a two album set on one CD, the other album included on the disc being the self-titled Kenny Rogers from 1976.

In the sleevenotes for the 2009 reissue on the Edsel record label, biographer Chris Bolton notes that this album "does its best to represent every musical personality of Kenny Rogers." Stephen Thomas Erlewine states that the album mixes music styles from Country to Disco.[3]

This album has reportedly sold over 20 million copies worldwide.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "You Turn the Light On" Louis Anderson, Stephen Geyer 3:03
2. "You Decorated My Life" Deborah Kay Hupp, Robert E. Morrison 3:38
3. "She's a Mystery" Larry Keith, Steve Pippin 2:54
4. "Goodbye Marie" Dennis Linde, Mel McDaniel 2:47
5. "Tulsa Turnaround" Larry Collins, Paul Cotton, Alex Harvey 2:52
6. "I Want to Make You Smile" Bill Medley 3:20
7. "Santiago Midnight Moonlight" John Porter McMeans 3:14
8. "One Man's Woman" Steve Glassmeyer 3:45
9. "In and Out of Your Heart" Thomas Cain, Randy Cullers, Dennis Linde, Alan Rush 3:23
10. "Old Folks" Willard Robison 2:44
11. "Coward of the County" Roger D. Bowling, Billy Ed Wheeler 4:20


  • Kenny Rogers – lead vocals
  • Billy Sanford, Dave Kirby, Jerry Shook, Jimmy Capps, Johnny Christopher, Larry Keith, Randy Dorman, Ray Edenton, Reggie Young, Rick Harper, Steve Glassmeyer – guitar
  • Bob Moore, Charles "Chuck" Jacob, Joe Osborn, Tommy Allsup – bass
  • Bobby Wood, Chuck Cochran, David Briggs, Edgar Struble, Gene Golden, Hargus "Pig" Robbins, Larry Keith, Shane Keister – keyboards
  • Edgar Struble – synthesizer
  • Bobby Thompson – banjo
  • Bobby Daniels – drums
  • Farrell Morris – percussion
  • Steve Glassmeyer – saxophone
  • Bergen White, Bobby Daniels, Buzz Cason, Don Gant, Donna McElroy, Edgar Struble, Lea Jane Berinati, Steve Glassmeyer, Todd Cerney, Tom Brannon, Yvonne Hodges – background vocals
  • Sheldon Kurland Strings – strings
  • Bill Justis, Edgar Struble (track 10) – string arrangements


  • Producer, Mixing – Larry Butler
  • Engineers – Billy Sherrill (Tracks 1, 2, 4-8, 10 & 11); Harold Lee (Tracks 3 & 9).
  • Recorded at American Studios and Jack Clements Recording Studios (Nashville, TN).
  • Mastered by Bob Sowell at Master Control (Nashville, TN).
  • Artwork – Bill Burks
  • Photography – Reid Miles

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1979) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 5
Canadian RPM Country Albums 1
Canadian RPM Top Albums 1
UK Albums Chart 7


Preceded by
Greatest Hits by Waylon Jennings
Top Country Albums number-one album
November 10, 1979 - April 26, 1980
Succeeded by
There's a Little Bit of Hank in Me by Charley Pride
Preceded by
Greatest Hits by Waylon Jennings
I'll Always Love You by Anne Murray
I'll Always Love You by Anne Murray
Sings Kristofferson by Willie Nelson
RPM Country Albums number-one album
October 27 - December 15, 1979
January 12 - February 16, 1980
March 15–22, 1980
April 19, 1980
Succeeded by
I'll Always Love You by Anne Murray
I'll Always Love You by Anne Murray
Sings Kristofferson by Willie Nelson
Together by The Oak Ridge Boys
Preceded by
The Gambler by Kenny Rogers
Top Country Albums number-one album of the year
Succeeded by
9 to 5 and Odd Jobs by Dolly Parton