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    Kenny Rogers

    Did Kenny Rogers ever made it onto AC or Easy Listening/Adult Standards in the late 70s or 80s? If so, how successful? Did his songs lasted on AC till the 90s? I liked to know any specific AC station in your area or areas you had visited or any specific AC program that had aired Kenny Rogers in the past. Perhaps tracks like "The Gambler", "Lady", "Coward Of The County", "Through The Years", etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andrewduong77 View Post
    Did Kenny Rogers ever made it onto AC or Easy Listening/Adult Standards in the late 70s or 80s? If so, how successful? Did his songs lasted on AC till the 90s? I liked to know any specific AC station in your area or areas you had visited or any specific AC program that had aired Kenny Rogers in the past. Perhaps tracks like "The Gambler", "Lady", "Coward Of The County", "Through The Years", etc.
    Kenny Rogers had 22 top ten songs on the Adult Contemporary chart, including number one showings for "She Believes In Me", "Lady", "I Don't Need You", "Share Your Love With Me", "Through the Years", "Love Will Turn You Around", "Islands In The Stream" and "What About Me". There were also three top ten hits for Kenny Rogers and the First Edition. He made the Hot 100 Top Ten nine times and topped it with "Lady" and "Islands In the Stream". Kenny Rogers and the First Edition hit the Hot 100 twice. In addition, he had two B-sides that made the AC top ten. He also had a number one album in 1980 with "Greatest Hits/ If he hadn't been played on Country stations at all, he still would've been a successful artist! This doesn't account for all the songs that charted but didn't make the top ten.
    Last edited by semoochie; 01-24-2016 at 04:48 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by semoochie View Post
    Kenny Rogers had 22 top ten songs on the Adult Contemporary chart, including number one showings for "She Believes In Me", "Lady", "I Don't Need You", "Share Your Love With Me", "Through the Years", "Love Will Turn You Around", "Islands In The Stream" and "What About Me". There were also three top ten hits for Kenny Rogers and the First Edition. He made the Hot 100 Top Ten nine times and topped it with "Lady" and "Islands In the Stream". Kenny Rogers and the First Edition hit the Hot 100 twice. In addition, he had two B-sides that made the AC top ten. He also had a number one album in 1980 with "Greatest Hits/ If he hadn't been played on Country stations at all, he still would've been a successful artist! This doesn't account for all the songs that charted but didn't make the top ten.
    Until the mid-'80s, you could also hear country artists such as Crystal Gayle, Ronnie Milsap, Eddie Rabbitt and Alabama on AC radio. Country-to-pop crossovers pretty much disappeared during the height of MTV's influence on pop radio -- stations ignored T.G. Sheppard and Sawyer Brown, who had country hits in the mid-80s that would have fit right in on AC 10 years earlier, and played soft new pop like Spandau Ballet and Simply Red instead. Of course, country was changing as well, and by the late '90s the New Traditionalist phenomenon was in full swing. Clint Black, Randy Travis, Patty Loveless and Reba McEntire were far too twangy for an AC station that was playing Boyz II Men to even consider adding.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CTListener View Post
    Until the mid-'80s, you could also hear country artists such as Crystal Gayle, Ronnie Milsap, Eddie Rabbitt and Alabama on AC radio. Country-to-pop crossovers pretty much disappeared during the height of MTV's influence on pop radio
    Because that coincided with the explosion of what we now know as country radio. Before that, there were only a few hundred country stations in the US, mostly in the south. With Docket 80-90, there were many more new FM stations, and some of them went 100% country. In addition, there were some heritage stations that flipped to country as the music grew in popularity. In addition to Kenny Rogers, by the mid 80s you had Randy Travis, Ricky Skaggs, Reba McEntire, George Strait, and Don Williams who were all driving this new country format. And then in 1989, Garth Brooks and Clint Black made their debut, and that led to even more country stations. While AC crossovers still happen, with Martina McBride, Keith Urban, and Taylor Swift, it doesn't happen as often as it did.

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    Just changing a typo in my original post, noticed far too late to edit. It was by the late '80s, not '90s, that the New Traditionalists were going strong. The late '90s brought Shania Twain, who brought country crossover (well, she was billed as country and country radio played her) back to AC (the softer hits like "You're Still the One," at least) AND non-rhythmic CHR.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CTListener View Post
    The late '90s brought Shania Twain, who brought country crossover (well, she was billed as country and country radio played her) back to AC (the softer hits like "You're Still the One," at least) AND non-rhythmic CHR.
    The thing Shania did was different mixes for country and AC. That was something Taylor Swift also did when she crossed over.

    "You're Still The One" had two different solos: Country was steel guitar, and the AC was wah-wah guitar. "From This Moment On" was a duet with Bryan White. The pop version didn't have Bryan. Kenny Rogers didn't do different mixes. Neither did Crystal Gayle or Ronnie Milsap.

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    Another artist who hit both country and AC in the late 90s was Faith Hill. I even remember hearing "This Kiss" on a CHR/POP station.
    "Its music what makes a radio station, and at Live FM, we play the last music around."
    After receiving that copy, I quit the VO industry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PTBoardOp94 View Post
    Another artist who hit both country and AC in the late 90s was Faith Hill. I even remember hearing "This Kiss" on a CHR/POP station.
    This Kiss, Breathe, The Way You Love Me, Where Are You Christmas, There You'll Be, and Cry all were both country and AC. She also released several songs during this time strictly for one or the other format.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheBigA View Post
    The thing Shania did was different mixes for country and AC. That was something Taylor Swift also did when she crossed over.

    "You're Still The One" had two different solos: Country was steel guitar, and the AC was wah-wah guitar. "From This Moment On" was a duet with Bryan White. The pop version didn't have Bryan. Kenny Rogers didn't do different mixes. Neither did Crystal Gayle or Ronnie Milsap.
    The songs they sent to AC in the '70s and '80s didn't need remixing. There was no pedal steel or fiddle in "Lady" or "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" or "It Was Almost Like a Song." The "countrypolitan" sound started by Chet Atkins in the '60s had legs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CTListener View Post
    The songs they sent to AC in the '70s and '80s didn't need remixing. There was no pedal steel or fiddle in "Lady" or "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue" or "It Was Almost Like a Song." The "countrypolitan" sound started by Chet Atkins in the '60s had legs!
    Some of this is why artists like Rogers and Milsap took so long to get into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Some questioned their country qualifications. Yet at the same time, artists like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Brenda Lee, Elvis Presley, and Chet himself were members of both the Country AND Rock Halls of Fame.

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