21 Number Ones

21 Number Ones

by Kenny RogersKenny Rogers


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With a new studio album on the way, Kenny Rogers is primed for a resurgence in 2006, starting with this concise reminder of the wide swath he's cut through the country mainstream over the past 30 years. Staring with his first No. 1 single, 1976's lilting country-folk gem "Lucille," Rogers has made the top of the charts his home away from home to the tune of, as this album title indicates, 21 Number Ones. Never the prettiest of instruments, Rogers's sandpapery voice has been surrounded by smart, lilting arrangements that reference both country and pop, his ballads enhanced by lush string arrangements, his story songs with pedal steel cries, and throughout, background voices that betray some southern gospel influence. The formula has worked aces for Rogers, employed as it is in the service of finely crafted tunes with simple, unambiguous lyrics that either embrace a universal philosophical conceit ("The Gambler") or Hallmark-style platitudes of enduring love ("Through the Years"). Most of the tunes here were country chart-toppers, but this legacy also includes the massive Lionel Richie–penned and –produced love ballad "Lady," which reached the apex of the country, pop, and adult contemporary charts all at once, as well as three other songs (including the rousing duet with Dolly Parton, "Islands in the Stream") that were simultaneously No. 1's on the country and pop or AC charts, and another, "Share Your Love with Me," that was solely a No. 1 AC hit. In addition to the Parton single, Rogers's other duet smashes include "We've Got Tonight" with Sheena Easton, "Make No Mistake, She's Mine" with Ronnie Milsap, "Buy Me a Rose" with Alison Krauss and Billy Dean, and three with Dottie West. An awesome achievement, this, with the promise of more ahead.

Product Details

Release Date: 01/24/2006
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0094634046923
catalogNumber: 40469
Rank: 9904

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kenny Rogers   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Kim Carnes   Composer
Jimmy Holiday   Composer
Dave Loggins   Composer
Lionel Richie   Composer
Robin Gibb   Composer
Billy Edd Wheeler   Composer
Barry Gibb   Composer,Audio Production
Steve Gibb   Composer
Bob Morrison   Composer
Roger Bowling   Composer
Larry Butler   Audio Production
Steve Dorff   Composer
Dave Ellingson   Composer
Maurice Gibb   Composer
Steve Glassmeyer   Composer
Randy Goodrum   Composer
Debbie Hupp   Composer
Kenny Rogers   Composer
David Malloy   Composer
Deadric Malone   Composer
Richard Marx   Composer
Marty Panzer   Composer
Bob Seger   Composer
Even Stevens   Composer
Thom Schuyler   Composer
Jeffrey M. Tweel   Composer
Eddie Reeves   Composer
Ben Peters   Composer
Kenny Roberts   Track Notes
John Dyes   Composer
Hal Bynum   Composer
Don Schlitz   Composer
Alfred Braggs   Composer
Jim Funk   Composer
Susan Lavoie   Art Direction
Erik Hickenlooper   Composer
Rick Christian   Composer

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21 Number Ones 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy and soothing to listen to while driving. Just love his music
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Collection has all the best of Kenny Rogers that I was looking for. Now introducing my kids to his music--they especially love his story songs like The Gambler and Coward of the County.