July 22

“‘Til I Can Make It On My Own:” Kenny Rogers and Dottie West’s Hit Duet in the ’70s


“‘Til I Can Make It On My Own” is a popular love song in the ’70s. It was performed by some music artists like Tammy Wynette, Billy Gilman, Martina McBride, and Lulu Roman. Now, let us listen to this song as a duet performed by Kenny Rogers and Dottie West.

“‘Til I Can Make It On My Own”

Make It On My Own, Duet
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“‘Til I Can Make It On My Own” is a classic love song written by George Richey, Billy Sherill, and Tanny Wynette. Wynette first recorded the song and was released on January 1976. This song became Wynette’s fifteenth song released that topped the country charts. Upon its release, the song stayed eleven weeks on the country charts. Since it became a success, Wynette considered the song as her favorite song of all time.

Kenny Rogers and Dottie West Hit Duet

Make It On My Own, Duet
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Kenny Rogers and Dottie West released their version of the song in July 1979 as a soundtrack from their second album, Classics. This album was released after their hit album, Every Time Two Fools Collide became a major seller. Thus, their first album was one of the most popular duets ever made.

Upon its release, Classics ranked number three on the Top Country Albums charts and number 82 on the Billboard 200’s most played songs in the US. This album also sold millions of copies worldwide and became certified platinum by RIAA. Thus, it has accumulated 10 classical hits and two of those songs became a country hit.

About the Song

George Richey, one of the co-writers, had an idea of writing this song about what will happen to the person after divorce. By that time, Wynette had ended her marriage with George Jones. So, she related so much on this topic.

I’ll need time
To get you off my mind.
And I may sometimes bother you;
Try to be in touch with you;
Even ask too much of you from time to time.

After a heartbreak, all we want is a peace of mind. There is what we call a healing process before being happy again, but do you know who can take away all the pain we feel right now? It is the Lord. Every worries, disappointments, and heartache we feel right now will be overcome as long as we are with the Lord.

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