Kenny Rogers’ hit still touches hearts after all these years. he moment you hear those evocative lyrics, you can’t help but fall in love with this song:
“Lady, I’m your knight in shining armor, and I love you. You have made me what I am, and I am yours…”
Are you reminiscing yet to the memories of Kenny’s enduring love ballad? It was released in September of 1980. Jimmy Carter was in the White House, America was still dealing with the Iran Hostage Crisis, and country music was taking over the airwaves.
In this live concert recording, handsome older man Kenny, with his salt-and-pepper beard and thick hair, and a white suit evoking an old southern gentleman, sings this heartfelt ode to the woman he loves.
We’ve all felt that way about someone at some time in our lives, and this song will put you right back in that special and unique moment of proclaiming our complete devotion to someone else. “I’m so lost in your love, and oh, we belong together. Won’t you believe in my song?”
That’s what makes this ditty so precious. The lyrics get at your heart and soul, and it’s a refreshing surprise that the gentle proclamation of emotion is coming from a rugged man like Kenny.
Here’s a juicy tidbit we bet you didn’t know. The song was written by none other than Lionel Richie. It was Lionel’s first independent work after he’d left R&B group the Commodores. It turns out he’d wanted the Commodores to record it, but they weren’t interested.
Lucky for us, Lionel held onto this gem and saved it for the right moment. Kenny loved the song, and Lionel agreed to produce it for Kenny’s country album. What a crossover of genres between two incredible talents. “The idea was that Lionel would come from R&B, and I’d come from the country,” Kenny once explained to a reporter, “and we’d meet somewhere in pop.”
That’s quite an understatement coming from The Gambler himself. This hit song will still hold sway over your heart. Not surprisingly, it’s gotten over 30 million views! This video is a pure country classic, reminding us why Kenny is one of the eternal kings of country music.
“My husband sang to me on our first date 15 years ago,” reminisced one viewer in the comments section. “He said he thought he’d never find me. And he had been waiting for me so long!!”
God bless you, sir. Relive the love and wonder of “Lady” in not one, but FOUR amazing performances and watch how Kenny covers his classic over the ages.
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