This week, we at The 615 look back on the legendary career of Kenny Rogers. As the Country Music Hall of Fame inductee prepares to release "You Can't Make Old Friends" for Warner Brothers on Tuesday (Oct. 8), we highlight his career with a three-part series. Today, we analyze the Top Ten Billboard Country hits of Rogers' career. With over 20 chart-toppers to his credit, the Houston native has released some of the most identifiable hit records in the history of the genre......Let's look back:
10. Morning Desire
Released in October 1985, this Dave Loggins-written track became one of the most played country records of 1986. Rogers premiered the video on the CMA Awards in November, and the track featured an unforgettable guitar solo from Stanley Jordan. The song was one of two country chart-toppers for Rogers that was produced by the legendary George Martin.
9. Buy Me A Rose
It had been 13 years since Rogers had enjoyed a No. 1 hit, but this stark performance with pristine harmonies from Alison Krauss and Billy Dean returned him to the top of the country charts in May of 2000. The song also was his first Top-40 showing on the Hot 100 since "This Woman" in 1984. It was his only No. 1 on Dreamcatcher, his own label.
8. You Decorated My Life
One of the most romantic records of Rogers' career, this heartfelt ballad from the pen of Debbie Hupp and Bob Morrison topped the charts in November 1979, and also peaked at No. 7 on the Hot 100.
7. I Don't Need You
From his 1981 Liberty release, "Share Your Love," this was Rogers' second No. 1 to be produced by Lionel Richie – following 1980's "Lady." Richie brought out some considerable star power for the album, as Michael Jackson sang harmony on "Goin' Back To Alabama," from the disc.
6. She Believes In Me
His second solo single to be certified Gold, the track not only topped the country list for two weeks in 1979, but also hit the pinnacle of the Adult Contemporary charts, as well. It was his second chart-topper from his landmark "The Gambler" album.