Watch as Kenny Rogers performs the song that started his country career on the right note YouTube

It was the beginning of the Kenny Rogers we know and love.

Kenny Rogers has always been countr,y but for the first decade of his career, he wasn’t Kenny Rogers country as we have come to know. Initially, he fronted the band The First Edition and as songs like their hit “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” suggest, the band was more country rock than anything else.

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When the band dismantled in 1975, Kenny forged on to a solo career. He went straight country but success didn’t come easy, in large part due to his rocker past.

That is until “Lucille” became his savior.

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Released in 1977 as the second single from his second solo album , “Lucille” blew the doors wide open, topping the country charts in the U.S., Canada and the U.K., as well as settling in at No. 5 on the all-genre U.S. Hot 100 chart.

While the song became one of Kenny’s most classic hits, that very same year, Waylon Jennings also recorded it for his “Ol’ Waylon” album. Waylon didn’t need to release it as a single though. You see that album had a little ditty called “Luckenbach, Texas (Back To The Basics of Love).”

Based in Chicago but often in Nashville, Ken Churilla is a contributor for Rare Country. Follow him @KenChurilla and join the conversation @RareCountry.
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