Kenny Rogers Cover Songs
On The Acoustic

Here on this Kenny Rogers cover songs page you'll find a collection of demo covers and full lesson tutorials available for purchase along with several free Kenny Rogers lyrics and chord sheets in pdf. format. Help yourself to the free chord sheets where available.

August 21, 1938 - March 20, 2020 (Age 81)


Kenny Rogers Cover Songs - Tutorials

1. But You Know That I Love You

But You Know That I Love You  was written by Mike Settle was a member of Kenny Rogers And The First Edition in 1968. When it was released in 1968 the song went to #19 on the Billboard Chart. Later in 1981 Bill Anderson recorded a version and hit #2 on the Hot Country Charts. And in 1983, Dolly Parton scored a #1 when it was released from her 9 To 5 album as a single.

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2. Buy Me A Rose

Buy Me A Rose was a 1999 Kenny Rogers release which also featured Alison Krauss and Billy Dean. Kenny became the oldest country singer at the time to have a #1 hit at the age of 61. In 2019 Kenny is now 81. Willie Nelson now holds that record at age 70 with Beer For My Horses. 

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3. Coward Of The County

Coward Of The County comes from the 1979  album "Kenny". It went to #1 in the US, Canada, UK and Ireland. Roger Bowling, the writer of the song, had a grudge of some sorts against Larry Gatlin but denies the mention of the Gatlin Brothers in the song was against them. Apparently several years earlier, Bowling told Larry to f-off before he accepted an award at the Grand Ole Opry for the song Lucille. A few years later, Coward Of The County was released and is one of those popular Kenny Rogers cover songs for the acoustic.

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4. Crazy

Crazy was a song released from Kenny's 1984 album called "What About Me". He co-wrote the song with Richard Marx who at the time was a session musician for Kenny. The song went to #1 on the charts.

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5. Daytime friends

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6. Don't Fall In Love With A Dreamer

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7. Every Time Two Fools Collide

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8. Harder Cards

Harder Cards was released in 2002 from Kenny's album "Back To The Well". The song reached $47 on the charts.

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9. Islands In The Stream

Islands In The Stream is one of several Kenny Rogers duets songs recorded long time friend with Dolly Parton. It was a track on his 1983 album "Eyes That See In The Dark". Islands In The Stream was written by The Bee Gees and intended for Marvin Gaye, who for some reason, didn't record the song. It was re-worked and offered to Kenny Rogers. It went to #1 and a top ten in several countries. The Bee Gees eventually recorded their version in 1997. Another one of the great Kenny Rogers cover songs for the solo player.

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10. Lady

Lady was one of those Kenny Rogers songs which became his biggest selling song when it hit the airwaves in 1980. It was written by Lionel Richie of The Commodores. Apparently they didn't want to record the song, so it was offered to Kenny and he said thank ya! The song went to #1 in the US and was in the top 20 in several other countries. 

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11. Love Or Something Like It

Love Or Something Like It can be found on the album of the same name from 1978 which Kenny Rogers co-wrote with a member of his backing band. This was his third #1 hit.

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12. Lucille

Lucille occurred when Kenny Rogers left The First Edition in 1976 to embark on a solo career. He was looking for a hit song. Roger Bowling delivered with Lucille in 1977. Another big song for Kenny hitting #1 in the US, Canada, UK and South Africa and a top 10 in many other countries.

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13. Reuben James

Reuben James was top 30 hit song for Kenny Rogers and the first Edition when it was released as a single from the album "Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town" back in 1969. Conway Twitty also recorded a version a year later for his album "Hello Darlin".

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14. Ruby

Ruby was a #6 hit back in 1969 from the album of the same name while Kenny was still a member of The First Edition. Country artist Mel Tillis wrote this song and Waylon Jennings was the first to record this song back in 1966.

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15. Scarlet Fever

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16. The Gambler

The Gambler came about back in August of 1976 when a young 23 year old writer named Don Schlitz had written the song.  But was having a tough time getting someone to record it. Bobby Bare gave it s shot but never released it as a single. Johnny Cash also recorded it but also never released it as a single. In 1978, Kenny Rogers took the song to #1 on the country and crossed over onto the pop charts, which was very rare at that time, reaching #16.

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17. The Greatest

The Greatest was another great number from the pen of Don Schlitz and Kenny recorded this for a single release in the spring of 1999. The song reached #26 on the country charts. 

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18. Through The Years

Through The Years was recorded by R & B singer Stevie Woods in the summer of 1981 and in Dec of the same year, Kenny Rogers covered it, following the Stevie Woods version. The song hit #5 on the country charts and #1 on the Adult Contemporary charts the following year. He sang the song with Dolly Parton and Lionel Richie in his 50th Anniversary Special.

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19. We've Got Tonight

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20. You Decorated My Life

You Decorated My Life was released in the fall of 1979 as a single from his album "Kenny" and it topped the country charts that year. Another one of those classic Kenny Rogers cover songs for the acoustic musician.

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