Kenny (album)

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Kenny
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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 1979[1]
Recorded1979
StudioAmerican Sound Studio, Memphis, Tennessee; Jack Clement Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennessee
GenreCountry
Length36:02
LabelUnited Artists Group
ProducerLarry Butler
Kenny Rogers chronology
The Kenny Rogers Singles Album
(1979)
Kenny
(1979)
Gideon
(1980)
Singles from Kenny
  1. "You Decorated My Life"
    Released: September 10, 1979
  2. "Coward of the County"
    Released: November 12, 1979
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic [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 first recorded by Johnny Rodriguez on his March 1979 album, Rodriguez Was Here, and then 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 sleeve notes 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.[2]

This was the fourth of twelve #1's for Rogers on the Country albums chart, as well as his first Top 10 'Pop' album entry. It, reportedly, sold over 20 million copies worldwide.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."You Turn the Light On"Lewis Anderson, Stephen Geyer3:03
2."You Decorated My Life"Debbie Hupp, Robert E. Morrison3:38
3."She's a Mystery"Larry Keith, Steve Pippin2:54
4."Goodbye Marie"Dennis Linde, Mel McDaniel2:47
5."Tulsa Turnaround"Larry Collins, Paul Cotton, Alex Harvey2:52
6."I Want to Make You Smile"Bill Medley3:20
7."Santiago Midnight Moonlight"John Porter McMeans3:14
8."One Man's Woman"Steve Glassmeyer3:45
9."In and Out of Your Heart"Thomas Cain, Randy Cullers, Dennis Linde, Alan Rush3:23
10."Old Folks"Willard Robison2:44
11."Coward of the County"Roger D. Bowling, Billy Ed Wheeler4:20

Personnel[edit]

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

Production[edit]

  • 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
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 5
Australian (Kent Music Report) Albums 15[3]
Canadian RPM Country Albums 1
Canadian RPM Top Albums 1
UK Albums Chart 7

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[4] Platinum 50,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "LP Discography: Kenny Rogers". Lpdiscography.com. Retrieved July 9, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "Kenny - Kenny Rogers | Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-09-09.
  3. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970–1992 (Illustrated ed.). St. Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. p. 256. ISBN 0-646-11917-6.
  4. ^ "Kent Music Report No 341 – 5 January 1981 > Platinum and Gold Albums 1980". Kent Music Report. Retrieved November 12, 2021 – via Imgur.com.