Kenny Rogers (album)

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.

Kenny Rogers
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Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 1977
StudioAmerican Sound Studios, Memphis, Tennessee; Jack Clement Recording Studio, Nashville, Tennessee
Length35:49
LabelUnited Artists
ProducerLarry Butler
Kenny Rogers chronology
Love Lifted Me
(1976)
Kenny Rogers
(1977)
Daytime Friends
(1977)
Singles from Kenny Rogers
  1. "Lucille"
    Released: January 24, 1977

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.

This was the first of twelve No. 1 albums for Rogers on the Country chart. It ranked as high as #30 overall and was certified Platinum in the U.S. (also reaching Gold in Canada).

Track listingEdit

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Laura (What's He Got That I Ain't Got)"Leon Ashley, Margie Singleton2:52
2."I Wasn't Man Enough"Larry Butler, Roger Bowling3:30
3."Mother Country Music"Joe Nixon2:49
4."Why Don't We Go Somewhere and Love"Kenny O'Dell, Larry Henley3:31
5."Green Green Grass of Home"Curly Putman3:35
6."Till I Get It Right"Larry Henley, Red Lane3:05
7."Lucille"Roger Bowling, Hal Bynum3:42
8."The Son of Hickory Holler's Tramp"Dallas Frazier3:12
9."Lay Down Beside Me"Don Williams3:55
10."Puttin' In Overtime at Home"Ben Peters3:00
11."While I Play the Fiddle"Ray Willis, Ronnie Sessions2:38

PersonnelEdit

ProductionEdit

  • 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

ChartsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ 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.
  2. ^ "Kenny Rogers | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved June 3, 2021.
  3. ^ "Kenny Rogers Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved June 3, 2021.
  4. ^ "Kenny Rogers Chart History (Top Country Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved June 3, 2021.
  5. ^ "Top Country Albums – Year-End 1977". Billboard. Retrieved June 3, 2021.