1976 Kenny Rogers – Kenny Rogers

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 No. 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).

Tracks

1  Laura (What’s He Got That I Ain’t Got) (Leon Asley; Margie Singleton) 02:52
2  I Wasn’t Man Enough (Larry Butler; Roger Bowling) 03:29
3  Mother Country Music (Joe Nixon) 02:48
4  Why Don’t We Go Somewhere And Love (Kenny O’Dell; Larry Henley) 03:29
5  Green Green Grass Of Home (Curly Putman) 03:34
6  Til I Get It Right (Larry Henley; Red Lane) 03:04
7  Lucille (Hal Bynum; Roger Bowling) 03:41
8  The Son Of Hickory Holler’s Tramp (Dallas Frazier) 03:10
9  Lay Down Beside Me (Don Williams) 03:54
10  Puttin’ In Overtime At Home (Ben Peters) 02:59
11  While I Play The Fiddle (Ray Willis; Ronnie Sessions) 02:43

Musicians

BassJoe Osborn
BassBob Moore
BassTommy Allsup
DrumsBuddy Harman
DrumsJerry Carrigan
DrumsKenny Malone
GuitarBilly Sanford
GuitarDale Sellers
GuitarDavid Kirby
GuitarFred Carter
GuitarJerry Shook
GuitarJimmy Capps
GuitarJohnny Christopher
GuitarPete Wade
GuitarRay Edenton
GuitarReggie Young
GuitarSteve Gibson
Pedal Steel GuitarPete Drake
KeyboardsBobby Wood
KeyboardsCharles Cochran
KeyboardsGeorge Richey
KeyboardsHargus Robbins
KeyboardsLarry Butler
SynthesizerShane Keister
FiddleTommy Williams
Background VocalsBergen White
Background VocalsBuzz Cason
Background VocalsDon Gant
Background VocalsJohnny MacRae
Background VocalsLarry Keith
Background VocalsSteve Pippin
VocalsKenny Rogers

Other Musicians

Strings – Brenton Banks, Byron Bach, Carl Gorodetzky, Gary Vanosdale, George Binkley, Lennie Haight, Marvin Chantry, Pam Sixfin, Roy Christensen, Sheldon Kurland, Stephanie Woolf, Steven Smith

Liner Notes

Producer – Larry Butler
Arranged By (Strings) – Bill Justis
Engineer – Billy Sherrill, Harold Lee
Mastered By – Bob Sowell

Art Direction – Ria Lewerke
Photography By – David Brandenburg
Typography – Michael Manoogian

Mastered At Master Control, Nashville
Recorded At Jack Clement Recording Studios
Recorded At American Studios, Nashville
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