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Kenny Rogers

21. 8. 1938 in Houston - Texas. /  20. März 2020 in Sandy Springs

Record Labels: Jolly Rogers, Mercury, Reprise, United Artists, Liberty, RCA
Erster Hit: Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town (1969)
Erster No. 1 Hit: Lucille (1977)
 

Kenny Rogers

Ruben James

Released during the rise of Black Power, Ruben James was a sepia-toned snapshot of an America rooted in shared rural values, and thus had limited relevance to whites fleeing the downtown core or blacks under martial law. "I remember mules, remember them well," wrote Barry Etris, who grew up around Alpharetta, Georgia. "When my father was [plowing], he used every cuss word in his vocabulary. Sometimes, I would watch him. He would be bare to the waist, wearing faded cut-off khakis and lace-up work boots. As he retreated down a long row in the prime of his manhood, tanned and golden in the sun, with his broad back and muscular arms controlling the single-tree plow, I thought he looked like Apollo driving his chariot across the sky. I didn't know then that the Gods die, that we would someday find Apollo lying on his back in a furrow beside his steed with the reins still in his hands, never to rise again." Etris's song about his father made its way to United Artists (Unart) Music in Nashville, run by Billy Edd Wheeler, the writer of Jackson, Ode To The Little Brown Shack Out Back, etc. Another songwriter at Unart, Alex Harvey, worked for Wheeler. "Billy's the one who taught me how to write songs," Harvey said later. "When I think back to Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, I hear simple melodies. Rimbaud, Frost, and others wrote simple but profound poems.

That's what I was after. I was there when Barry Etris brought in 'Ruben James.' It was a song about a white man, and it didn't really work. Billy said, 'Can you do something with this?' Across from my dad's little country store in West Tennessee, was a blacksmith shop run by a couple of black men. When my dad got tuberculosis, those men became my fathers. And when my dad was born, his mother couldn't make milk, and a black woman named Majula lived not far from them, and she'd just had a baby, Jimmy Lee, so my dad suckled one breast and Jimmy Lee the other." Billy Edd Wheeler sent the song to Unart's west coast manager, Eddie Reeves, who pitched it to Kenny Rogers by following him around a golf course singing it. Rogers had followed But You Know I Love You with Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town. He followed Ruby with Ruben James, and it reached #26 on the pop charts. All was not well in the studio. "I saw what condition their condition was in," their producer Jimmy Bowen wrote, "and it was not good. Kenny, Mike Settle, and Terry Williams got into a screaming match over the harmony parts that turned into a fist-fight." Thelma Camacho quit, and among those auditioning to replace her was Karen Carpenter. Mike Settle left soon after Ruben, and the personnel changed rapidly until the First Edition split in 1974. Since 1969, Ruben James has mostly been recorded by country artists, including Johnny Cash, Conway Twitty, Glen Campbell, and Jerry Lee Lewis.

As a postscript, Reuben James was an early nineteenth century American naval hero who had three ships named in his honor. When one of them was sunk in 1941, Woody Guthrie wrote the first song titled Reuben James; in fact, the First Edition's record might have been spelled Ruben James to differentiate it. Title aside, the two songs bear no relation each other.

- Colin Escott -

Various Country & Western Hit Parade 1969

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There You Go Again (CD)
Kenny Rogers: There You Go Again (CD) Art-Nr.: CDKO4740

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She Rides Wild Horses (CD)
Kenny Rogers: She Rides Wild Horses (CD) Art-Nr.: CDKOC4739

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5 Classic Albums (5-CD)
Kenny Rogers: 5 Classic Albums (5-CD) Art-Nr.: CDSPEC5375

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(Spectrum) 55 Tracks - Digisleeves in slipcase - The five albums 'Kenny Rogers', 'Daytime Friends', 'Love Or Something Like It', 'The Gambler' and 'Kenny'!
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Lucille - The Collection (CD)
Kenny Rogers: Lucille - The Collection (CD) Art-Nr.: CDSPEC2023

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(Spectrum) 20 Tracks - Original 1970s Capitol masters! Whether solo or duetting with Dottie West, Dolly Parton, Kim Carnes or Sheena Easton, Kenny Rogers has played a major role in bringing country music to a pop audience. This...
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Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town - Reuben James (7inch, 45rpm)
Kenny Rogers: Ruby Don't Take Your Love To Town - Reuben... Art-Nr.: 45BR077

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Making It With Music
Kenny Rogers & Len Epand: Making It With Music Art-Nr.: AB18002

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224 pages/Seiten; 23.5/18.5 cm; Paperback; Biography / Biografie
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For The Good Times (LP, Japan)
Kenny Rogers: For The Good Times (LP, Japan) Art-Nr.: LPP13179

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(MCA/JAPAN) 16 tracks - Mega rare Kenny Rogers MCA Japan release with all his hits from the 70s, LP size linernotes sheet written in Japanese by Hideki Masubuchi plus LP size lyrics sheet !
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The Country Collection (CD)
Kenny Rogers: The Country Collection (CD) Art-Nr.: CD140325

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I Will Always Love You (CD)
Kenny Rogers: I Will Always Love You (CD) Art-Nr.: CD062644

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Golden Greats (LP)
Kenny Rogers & First Edition: Golden Greats (LP) Art-Nr.: LPMCM5018

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The Best Of (3-CD)
Kenny Rogers: The Best Of (3-CD) Art-Nr.: CD267945

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(EMI) 53 tracks, original recordings 1976 -1983 featuring Dottie West
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Greatest Country Hits (LP)
Kenny Rogers: Greatest Country Hits (LP) Art-Nr.: LPCURB7358

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(Curb Records) 11 tracks
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The Golden Collection  (2-CD)
Kenny Rogers: The Golden Collection (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CD603792

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(Weton-Wesgram) 28 tracks
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Complete - Special Edition (5-CD)
Kenny Rogers: Complete - Special Edition (5-CD) Art-Nr.: CDP821787

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(EMI Australia) 100 tracks - Special Australian Tour package with 100 songs featuring all of Kenny's hits plus rare photographs and liner notes. 5-CD Slipcase packaging with minimal storage wear.
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The Gambler - Kenny (2-CD)
Kenny Rogers: The Gambler - Kenny (2-CD) Art-Nr.: CDED2041

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(Edsel) 20 tracks - originally sealed This is the third of five Edsel packages that reissue the ten solo albums by country superstar Kenny Rogers,released on the United Artists and Liberty labels at the height of his wordwide popularity...
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American Classic Songbook (CD)
Kenny Rogers: American Classic Songbook (CD) Art-Nr.: CDSC1130

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(Smith & Co.) 20 Tracks - Deluxe Digipack!
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Through The Years - The Best Of (CD)
Kenny Rogers: Through The Years - The Best Of (CD) Art-Nr.: CDCAP2879202

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(Capitol) 20 tracks
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21 Number Ones (2-LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.)
Kenny Rogers: 21 Number Ones (2-LP, 180g Vinyl, Ltd.) Art-Nr.: LPCAP255682

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(Capitol Records) 22 tracks, gatefold cover. Kenny Rogers' album 21 Number Ones celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2021 and is available on vinyl for the first time. All of these number one hits have won Grammy Awards.
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28 Country Favourites - Me And Bobby McGhee, Ruben James, For The Good Times (2-CD)
Kenny Rogers: 28 Country Favourites - Me And Bobby McGhee,... Art-Nr.: CD065279

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(Biem/Stemra) 28 tracks
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Christmas Greetings
Kenny Rogers: Christmas Greetings Art-Nr.: CD5272872

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(2000/CAPITOL) 10 tracks
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21 Number Ones...plus (CD)
Kenny Rogers: 21 Number Ones...plus (CD) Art-Nr.: CDEMI28132

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(Capitol) 22 tracks
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The Best Of Kenny Rogers & The First Edition (CD)
Kenny Rogers & First Edition: The Best Of Kenny Rogers & The First Edition (CD) Art-Nr.: CDHMN025

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(1999/UNIVERSAL) 24 tracks (73:18) 1969-72 ! last copies
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Once Upon A Christmas
Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton: Once Upon A Christmas Art-Nr.: CDRCA67444

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​(1996/RCA) 9 tracks (32:16) incl. lyrics
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I Prefer The Moonlight
Kenny Rogers: I Prefer The Moonlight Art-Nr.: RCA6484

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LP on RCA USA RECORDS by - I Prefer The Moonlight
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Kenny Rogers & First Edition (1967) 180g Vinyl LP
Kenny Rogers & First Edition: Kenny Rogers & First Edition (1967) 180g Vinyl LP Art-Nr.: LPCLP1550

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(2013/Cleopatra) 12 tracks.
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