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Kenny Rogers Reuben James

Here on this Kenny Rogers Reuben James page you'll find a collection of 10 demo covers, chord sheets, background info, rhythm tips and if required, full instructional tutorials on how I play these great tunes on acoustic.

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


Kenny Rogers Reuben James & Others
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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. The song is from the album "The First Edition 69".


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: G, D, C, D7, F, A#
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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 was 81.

Willie Nelson now holds that record at age 70 with Beer For My Horses. She Rides Wild Horses album is where this track can be found.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 1st fret = original key
  • Rhythm: root down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No but a few riffs
  • Chords: D, G, A, A7, Bm, Gbm, Em, D/Gb, A7sus
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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.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret
  • Rhythm: root down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: Yes
  • Chords: G, C, D
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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.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 1st fret = original key
  • Rhythm: down down up down down will work here
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: - C, Fmaj7, G, Em, Am7, Am, Dm7, Gsus, C7
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5. Daytime Friends

Daytime Friends was released as a single in 1977 from the album of the same name.

The song peaked at #1 in Canada, the UK and the United States.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up down up up up down up down up and repeat - then root up down up root up down up and repeat
  • Picking: a few riffs
  • Chords: G, C/G, Em, Am7, D
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6. 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. You'll find it on the Greatest Hits / Lady album.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: down down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: Dm, Gm, C, A#, F, F/E, Dm/C, D
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7. 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".


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down up down up down up and repeat 
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: D, A7, A, G, C, E, B7
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8. Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town

Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town 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.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root up down up down up down up and repeat
  • Picking: a few riffs
  • Chords: C, G, Dm, F, Dm7
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9. Scarlet Fever

Scarlet Fever peaked at #5 in the US and #4 in Canada as a single back in 1983.

The song can be found on the "We've Got Tonight" album.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: No
  • Rhythm: root down root up down up  and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: D, G, A7, A7sus, Em
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10. 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. The song is from the album of the same name.


  • Drop D Tuning: No
  • Capo: 2nd fret = original key
  • Rhythm: root down up down up down up  and repeat
  • Picking: No
  • Chords: D, G, A7
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