October 9

“Lucille” and “Daytime Friends” are Kenny Rogers’ First Number One Singles


Overall, Kenny Rogers has placed twenty-one number one singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. Those songs topped the said chart from 1970 to 1980. “The Gambler’s” very first to top the chart was “Lucille” and “Daytime Friends.” It was forty-one years ago, exactly in 1977. Meanwhile, his last single to top the chart was in 2000 called “Buy Me a Rose,” a collaboration with Alisson Krauss and Billy Dean.

Moreover, Kenny Rogers has decided to leave the limelight. It is to focus on his health and his family. Nevertheless, he left us great music to remember his performances and work of arts. Meantime, listen to one of his greatest singles “Lucille” and “Daytime Friends.”


Roger Bowling and Hal Bynum pooled resources for the words and lyrics of “Lucille.” Kenny Rogers released the song on January 24, 1977, under his album “Kenny Rogers.” It became his very first major hit after his departure from his band “The First Edition.” On the other hand, the song placed at the number one spot on Billboard Hot Country Songs chart on April 2, 1977. Apart from that, the song also set at number five on the Billboard Hot 100 on June 18, 1977.

Daytime Friends

Ben Peters wrote the words and lyrics of “Daytime Friends.” Kenny Rogers released the song on August 1, 1977, from his album of the same name. It became his second to top the country charts. It peaked at number one spot on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart on October 1, 1977. Besides, it rose at number twenty-eight on the Billboard Hot 100 of the same month and year.

Kenny Rogers is, without a doubt, one of the best-selling music artists of all time. From his arrival to the country music scene to his last performances, he has been and will always be part of our lives.

“The Gambler” Kenny Rogers received numerous awards from different award-giving bodies such as the American Music Awards, Academy of Country Music, Country Music Association, and Grammys. Moreover, he has gathered recognition from various organizations and most notably, he was inducted into Country Music Hall of Fame.

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