Through the Years (Kenny Rogers song)

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"Through the Years"
Through the Years - Kenny Rogers.jpg
Single by Kenny Rogers
from the album Share Your Love
B-side "So in Love with You"
ReleasedDecember 14, 1981
Format7" (45 rpm)
Genre Country pop
Length4:44 (album version)
4:22 (single version)
Label Liberty
Songwriter(s) Steve Dorff, Marty Panzer
Producer(s) Lionel Richie
Kenny Rogers singles chronology
"Blaze of Glory"
(1981)
"Through the Years"
(1981)
"Love Will Turn You Around"
(1982)

"Through the Years" is a song written by Steve Dorff and Marty Panzer, and recorded by American country music artist Kenny Rogers. It was released in December 1981 as the fourth single from the album Share Your Love .

Stephen Dorff is an American songwriter and composer whose work is mainly in the field of country music.

Marty Panzer is an American songwriter and first song-writing partner of Barry Manilow. He is the author of over 30 songs recorded by Manilow and over a hundred songs for Disney Pictures. He also co-wrote the song "Through The Years", performed by Kenny Rogers.

Kenny Rogers American singer-songwriter

Kenneth Ray Rogers is an American singer, songwriter, actor, record producer, and entrepreneur. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame.

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"Through the Years" reached number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in early 1982, remaining in the Top 40 for eleven weeks and went to number one on the adult contemporary chart, becoming Rogers' fifth single to top this chart. [1] The song peaked at number five on the country chart. [2] Rogers credited "Through the Years" as being one of his career songs, though it had relatively little success in North America. [3] Rogers appeared and performed the song at the 1983 Grammy Awards [4] and at an April 2001 halftime ceremony honoring Charles Barkley at a Philadelphia 76ers game. [5]

The Billboard Hot 100 is the music industry standard record chart in the United States for songs, published weekly by Billboard magazine. Chart rankings are based on sales, radio play, and online streaming in the United States.

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In addition, singer Stevie Woods performed a cover of "Through the Years" that appeared on his 1981 album Take Me to Your Heaven. [6]

Joseph Stephen "Stevie" Woods, Jr. was an American R&B musician and singer.

American gospel singer and pastor Norman Hutchins did his own version of "Through the Years" in 1992, with slightly altered lyrics. [7]

Norman Earil Hutchins is an American gospel musician. He started his solo music career, in 1992, with the release of, Norman Hutchins, that was released by Sparrow Records. He has released ten albums, over the course of 21 years, with Sparrow Records, JDI Records, and IR Records. Seven albums have charted on the Billboard magazine Gospel Albums chart.

The Osmonds performed a cover of "Through the Years".

The Osmonds American family singing group

The Osmonds are an American family music group who reached the height of their fame in the early-1970s. The group consists of siblings who are all members of the Osmond family, a family of musicians from Ogden, Utah, who have been in the public eye since the 1960s.

On his 50th anniversary TV special Rogers performed a version of the song with his two friends Lionel Richie and Dolly Parton which also included archive footage of him working with both on various projects through the years.

Lionel Richie American singer-songwriter, musician, record producer and actor

Lionel Brockman Richie Jr. is an American singer, songwriter, actor and record producer. Richie's style of his ballads with the Commodores and solo career launched him as one of the most successful balladeers of the 1980s.

Dolly Parton American singer-songwriter and actress

Dolly Rebecca Parton is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, record producer, actress, author, businesswoman, and philanthropist, known primarily for her work in country music. After achieving success as a songwriter for others, Parton made her album debut in 1967 with Hello, I'm Dolly. With steady success during the remainder of the 1960s, her sales and chart peak came during the 1970s and continued into the 1980s. Parton's albums in the 1990s sold less well, but she achieved commercial success again in the new millennium and has released albums on various independent labels since 2000, including her own label, Dolly Records.

Content

The song looks back at a relationship "Through The Years" and mentions the ups and downs, but the singer proclaims to his loved one: I'm so glad I stayed right here with you / Through the years.

Chart performance

Chart (1981-1982)Peak
position
Canadian RPM Country Tracks [8] 5
US Hot Country Songs ( Billboard ) [9] 5
US Billboard Hot 100 [10] 13
US Adult Contemporary ( Billboard ) [11] 1

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