"Lady" is the title of a song written by Lionel Richie, and recorded by American country music artist Kenny Rogers. It was released in September 1980 as a previously unreleased single on the album, Kenny Rogers Greatest Hits.

It is listed at #47 on Billboard's All Time Top 100.

Song history[edit source | editbeta]Edit

The song was written and produced by Lionel Richie, recorded in 1980, and ranks among Kenny Rogers's biggest hits. Rogers once told an interviewer, "The idea was that Lionel would come from R&B and I'd come from country, and we'd meet somewhere in pop."

The success of "Lady" also boosted Richie's career. The production work on the song was his first outside the Commodores and foreshadowed his success as a solo act during the 1980s. Rogers was also a featured vocalist on "We Are the World," co-written by Richie. Richie performed the song himself on his 1998 album, Time, and he and Rogers performed the song as a duet on Richie's 2012 release "Tuskegee"

Chart success[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Since his breakup with the First Edition, Rogers had tasted considerable success as a solo act, with nine No. 1 entries on the Billboard magazine Hot Country Singles chart (prior to the release of "Lady"), plus several Top 10 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 and Adult Contemporary Singles charts.

"Lady," according to music historian Fred Bronson, would prove to be an important record for both Richie and Rogers. It became the first record of the 1980s to chart on all four of Billboard magazine's singles charts - country, Hot 100, adult contemporary and Top Black Singles.

It reached No. 1 on three of those charts in late 1980, including a six-week run on the Hot 100 and one week on the Hot Country Singles chart. "Lady" also peaked at number forty-two on theTop Black Singles chart.[1]

As a country entry, "Lady" was Rogers' 10th chart-topping hit in a career that saw him collect 20 No. 1 songs between 1977 and 2000. On the Hot 100, it was his only solo chart-topping song, although Rogers would have a duet No. 1 three years later (1983's "Islands in the Stream" with Dolly Parton). On the Adult Contemporary Singles chart, "Lady" was Rogers' second (of eight) songs that reached the chart's summit.

Chart performance[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Chart (1980) Peak


Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[2] 17
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 2
Canadian RPM Top Singles 2
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary Tracks 6
France (SNEP)[3] 11
Ireland (IRMA) 12
Netherlands (Dutch Top 40)[4] 16
New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ)[5] 6
Spain (AFYVE)[6] 19
UK Singles (The Official Charts Company)[7] 12
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 1
U.S. Billboard Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 1

End-of-decade charts[edit source | editbeta]Edit

End of decade (1980–1989) Position
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 10