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Kenny Rogers - Sweet Music Man

Peaked at # 9 on the U.S Hot Country Songs charts, spending a total of 15 weeks on the charts. It reached # 1 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks charts. The song was included on Kenny Rogers' third studio album, Daytime Friends (UAR 1977)

Sweet Music Man

“Sweet Music Man”, song written and recorded by Kenny Rogers for the United Artist Records label, on April 23, 1977, at Jack Clement Recording Studio 3102 Belmont Blvd., Nashville, TN. In the same session, two other songs were recorded: “Maybe in the end” and “Ole lady luck”. In this session, Kenny was accompanied by: Billy Sanford (guitar), Dave Kirby (guitar), Jerry Shook (guitar), Jimmy Capps (guitar), Jim Colvard (guitar), Johnny Christopher (guitar), Larry Keith (guitar), Reggie Young (guitar), TG Engel (guitar), Pete Drake (steel), Tommy Allsup (bass guitar), Bob Moore, Joe Osborn and Mike Leech (bass), Bobby Daniels, Jerry Carrigan and Kenny Malone (drums), Bobby Wood, Charles Cochran, Edgar Struble, Gene Golden, Hargus “Pig” Robbins and Steve Glassmeyer (keyboards), Shane Keister (synthesizer) + strings +, Bergen White, Bobby Daniels, Buzz Cason, Don Gant, Gene Golden, Johnny MacCrae Jordanaires, The Larry Keith, Randy Rogers, Sandy Rogers, Steve Glassmeyer and Steve Pippin (background vocals). With the production of Larry Butler, the song was released on October 10, 1977, and on December 17, 1977, peaked at # 9 on the U.S Hot Country Songs charts, spending a total of 15 weeks on the charts. On December 31, 1977, it reached # 1 on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks charts. Rogers used the song as the B-side for two of his subsequent singles: “Lady” in 1980 and “You Were a Good Friend” in 1983.

 

Interestingly, the song was first recorded by Anne Murray on March 15, 1976, for the album, Keeping In Touch (Capitol 1976).

 

The song was included on Kenny Rogers' third studio album, Daytime Friends (UAR 1977), the album was released on July 25, 1977, on September 17, 1977, reached # 2 on the US Top charts Country Albums, and remaining a total of 68 weeks on the charts. On charts , Canada Country Albums peaked at # 44. The album was certified platinum in the USA and gold in Canada.

 

 

Some versions:

 

Dolly Parton 1977 (RCA Victor)

Tammy Wynette 1977 (Epic)

Billy Jo Spears 1977 (United Artists Records)

Millie Jackson 1978 (Spring Records)

Waylon Jennings 1980 (MCA)

Lee Tower 1990 (Ariola)

Reba McEntire 2001 (MCA)

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Kenny Rogers - Sweet Music Man Lyrics

 

I wouldn't listen, and I couldn't see

And all I have left now

Are words you said to me

 

Sing me a song sweet music man

'Cause I won't be there to hold your hand

Like I used to

I'm through with you

You're a helluva singer

And a powerful man but you surround yourself

With people who demand so little of you

You touched my soul with your beautiful song

You even had me singing along right with you

You said "I need you"

Then you changed the words and that harmony

And you sang that song you'd written for me

To someone new

 

But nobody sings a love song quite like you do

And nobody else can make me sing along

And nobody else can make me feel

That things are right when you know they're wrong

Nobody sings a love song quite like you

 

Sing me a song sweet music man

Your making a living doing one night stands

That do for you what you need them to

Your still a hell of a singer but a broken man

And you surround yourself with people who demand

So little of you

But nobody sings a love song quite like you do

You travel the world with a six piece band

That does for you what you ask 'em to

And you try to stay up with the songs you sung

To so many people that all begun to come

Back on you

 

Sing me a song sad music man

You're making your living doing one night

Stands that's do with you they

Don't need you, you're still a helluva singer

But a broken man but you keep on looking for

One last band to sing with you

 

But nobody sings a love song quite like you do

And nobody else can make me sing along

And nobody else can make me feel

That things are right when you're wrong with a song

Nobody sings a love song quite like you

 

So sing me a song sweet music man

I believe in you



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