YMMV / Kenny Rogers

  • Awesome Music: Several of his songs. One lesser-known single that's a fan favorite is "Sweet Music Man".
  • Covered Up:
    • "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town" was written by Mel Tillis and first released by Johnny Darrell.
    • His second Top 40 hit was "Laura (What's He Got That I Ain't Got)", which was previously a #1 by the very obscure singer Leon Ashley.
    • Don Schlitz released his own version of "The Gambler" shortly before Kenny did.
    • His 1988 single "I Don't Call Him Daddy" only got to #86. Five years later, Doug Supernaw took a cover of the song to #1.
    • Bob Seger was the first artist to release "We've Got Tonight".
    • Many of his hits were Cover Versions of songs first recorded by little-known singer-songwriters. Besides "The Gambler" there was "She Believes in Me" (Steve Gibb), "You Decorated My Life" (Bob Morrison) and "I Don't Need You" (Rick Christian).
    • The First Edition's "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" was first released by Jerry Lee Lewis, of all people.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: He crooned the line "I don't need children in my old age" in "I Don't Need You". A couple decades later he fathered twin sons at age 66.
  • Mondegreen: "You picked a fine time to leave me Lucile/With four-hundred childrennote  and a crop in the field." This one was famous enough to make it into the book 'Scuse Me While I Kiss This Guy, a collection of these.
  • Narm Charm: "The Gambler" is extremely cheesey, but that's what makes it enjoyable.
  • Signature Song: "The Gambler."
  • The Woobie: Tommy from Coward of the County, until He becomes a Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds
  • Tear Jerker: The Last 10 years (released in 2008) is a more bittersweet take on a nostalgia song that also pays tribute those we've lost and the victims of tragedy. Christopher Reeve is mentioned prominently and always referred to as Superman until the fade-out when Kenny says 'gonna miss you, Chris"
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