Kenny Rogers (album)

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Kenny Rogers
Kenny Rogers 1977.jpg
Studio album by Kenny Rogers
Released 1977
Recorded 1976 - 1977
Length 35:49
Label United Artists
Producer Larry Butler
Kenny Rogers chronology
Love Lifted Me
(1976)Love Lifted Me1976
Kenny Rogers
Daytime Friends
(1977)Daytime Friends1977

Kenny Rogers is the second studio album by Kenny Rogers from United Artists Records, released worldwide in 1977. The album marked his first major solo success following the minor success of Love Lifted Me in 1976.

The album produced two singles. The first single, 1976's "Laura (What He's Got That I Ain't Got?)", peaked at #19. This song was originally a #1 country hit for Leon Ashley in 1967. In 1977, Kenny gained stardom with the single "Lucille", which climbed to the top of the country charts (both in the U.S. and Canada) and placing him squarely on the U.S. Hot 100 in the #5 position. It also blew open his solo career in the UK, reaching #1 there. Another track from the album is "I Wasn't Man Enough" which makes appearances on some of Rogers' greatest hits compilations in years to come.

The album reached #1 on the Country charts and ranked as high as #30 overall, and was certified Platinum in the U.S. (only reaching Gold in Canada).

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Laura (What's He Got That I Ain't Got)" Leon Ashley, Margie Singleton 2:52
2. "I Wasn't Man Enough" Larry Butler, Roger Bowling 3:30
3. "Mother Country Music" Joe Nixon 2:49
4. "Why Don't We Go Somewhere and Love" Kenny O'Dell, Larry Henley 3:31
5. "Green Green Grass of Home" Curly Putman 3:35
6. "Till I Get It Right" Larry Henley, Red Lane 3:05
7. "Lucille" Roger Bowling, Hal Bynum 3:42
8. "The Son of Hickory Holler's Tramp" Dallas Frazier 3:12
9. "Lay Down Beside Me" Don Williams 3:55
10. "Puttin' In Overtime at Home" Ben Peters 3:00
11. "While I Play the Fiddle" Ray Willis, Ronnie Sessions 2:38



  • Producer – Larry Butler
  • Engineers – Harold Lee and Billy Sherrill
  • Recorded at American Studios and Jack Clement Recording Studios (Nashville, TN).
  • Mastered by Bob Sowell at Master Control (Nashville, TN).
  • Art Direction – Ria Lewerke
  • Photography – David Brandenberg
  • Typography – Michael Manoogian

Chart performance[1][edit]

Chart (1977) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 1
U.S. Billboard 200 30
Canadian RPM Top Albums 17
UK Albums Chart 14


Preceded by
New Harvest – First Gathering by Dolly Parton
Top Country Albums number-one album
May 21–28, 1977
Succeeded by
Ol' Waylon by Waylon Jennings