What About Me? (Kenny Rogers album)

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What About Me?
What About Me - Kenny Rogers.jpg
Studio album by Kenny Rogers
Released 1984
Recorded 1984
Genre Country
Length 40:03
Label RCA Nashville
Producer Kenny Rogers, David Foster
Kenny Rogers chronology
Eyes That See in the Dark
(1983)
What About Me?
(1984)
Once Upon a Christmas
(1984)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[1]

What About Me? is the sixteenth studio album by Kenny Rogers, released by RCA Nashville (see 1984 in music).

The album's title track, "What About Me?", is sung in trio with R&B singer James Ingram and Rogers' former New Christy Minstrels bandmate turned solo star Kim Carnes, which is a love song that reached number one on the AC charts and was also a pop and country hit.[1], giving co-writer Richard Marx his first number one hit as a writer. Elsewhere on the album is "Two Hearts, One Love" by Byron Hill,[2] "The Stranger" (a story song in the vein of Rogers' previous hits such as "The Gambler" and "Lucille"), "The Night Goes On" (a R&B influenced ballad) and "Crazy" (a song Rogers co-wrote with Richard Marx which is in the style of "Through the Years") that also charted and gave Rogers yet another number-one hit and Marx his second number one hit as a writer.

Though this album didn't enjoy the success of his previous albums, What About Me? was a hit with its strongest showing being number nine on the Country music album charts during a chart run of nearly a year.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "What About Me?" (with Kim Carnes and James Ingram) Kenny Rogers, David Foster, Richard Marx 4:23
2. "The Night Goes On" Paul Gordon, Tom Keane 4:35
3. "Dream Dancin'" Laura Allan, Robbie Long 4:25
4. "Two Hearts One Love" Mike Dekle, Byron Hill 3:36
5. "I Don't Want to Know Why" (with Cindy Fee) Guy Thomas 4:06
6. "Didn't We?" Graham Lyle, Troy Seals 3:55
7. "Somebody Took My Love" Richard Marx, David Pomeranz 3:52
8. "Crazy" Rogers, Richard Marx 3:43
9. "The Stranger" Dolly Parton 3:46
10. "Heart to Heart" Richard Feldman, Jimmy Scott[4] 3:42

Personnel[edit]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (1984) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 9
U.S. Billboard 200 31
Canadian RPM Top Albums 26
UK Albums Chart 97

Further utilization[edit]

The song "The Night Goes On" was used as a love theme for the Eden Capwell and Cruz Castillo characters on the Santa Barbara TV series during the mid-1980s.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Rand Ruggeberg Songwriter's Market - Page 161 - 1986 - "Byron Hill ..... are "Pickin' Up Strangers," released on Johnny Lee's Lookin' for Love album, and "Two Hearts One Love," a pop song on Kenny "
  3. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r93956/charts-awards
  4. ^ "Jimmy Scott Discography". Jimmy Scott. Retrieved November 17, 2016.