Thursday, August 25, 2011
I DON'T NEED YOU ~ KENNY ROGERS
"I Don't Need You" is the title of a song written by Rick Christian and recorded by American country artist Kenny Rogers. It was released in June 1981 as the lead single from Rogers album Share Your Love.The song was first recorded and released as a single in 1978 by Rick Christian himself (the song's writer), but it failed to chart. Harry Nilsson recorded it in 1979 and released it on his Falsh Harry album in 1980, but he did not release it as a single. Madeleine Marks also recorded it for her Self Titled album in early 1981, but did not release it as a single Kenny Rogers had collaborated with R&B/pop singer-songwriter Lionel Richie in 1980 with the song "Lady". After the success of that record, Rogers asked Richie to produce his next album, Share Your Love. Although the original plan was for Richie to write all the songs for Rogers' forthcoming album, the two men agreed to accept songs they both liked for the project which had been written by others. "I Don't Need You", written by Rick Christian, was one of those songs.Chosen as the lead single, "I Don't Need You" spent two weeks at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in August 1981. The song also rose to #1 on two other Billboard music charts, the country chart as well as the adult contemporary chart. It remained atop the latter chart for six weeks in July and August of that year.Rogers has been quoted describing "I Don't Need You" as "...still to this day one of my favorite songs", although he admitted that "I don't think I ever met Rick Christian, the guy who wrote it."