Tuesday, March 4, 2014

"Share Your Love with Me" by Kenny Rogers

Song#:  0733
Date:  09/05/1981
Debut:  47
Peak:  14
Weeks:  15
Genre:  Country Crossover, Pop, Adult Contemporary

Pop Bits:  Rogers' album produced by Lionel Richie, "Share Your Love," got off to a great start with the #3 single "I Don't Need You." This title-track follow-up had a great debut position, but stalled just inside the Top 15. However, it did reach #5 at country and #1 AC. There was some star power behind the singer as background vocals were provided by Lionel Richie and Gladys Knight & the Pips.

ReduxReview:  This is not too bad of a version (see below) and it works well in the pop/country setting, but I could have used a little more Gladys in it to add a little more soul and depth. I don't think it is a great effort by Rogers as he sounds too lazy/laid back to really push the song. If Gladys is singing your backup, you better bring it, man!

ReduxRating:  5/10

Trivia:  The song is a remake of a 1964 single by soul/blues artist Bobby "Blue" Bland. His original reach #42 on the chart (#5 R&B). Aretha Franklin also did a version 1969 and her single hit #13 (#1 R&B).


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