Sweet Music Man

"Sweet Music Man"
Single by Kenny Rogers
from the album Daytime Friends
B-side "Lying Again"[1]
Released October 10, 1977
Format 7" single
Genre Country
Length 4:21
Label United Artists
Writer(s) Kenny Rogers
Producer(s) Larry Butler
Kenny Rogers singles chronology
"Daytime Friends"
"Sweet Music Man"
"Every Time Two Fools Collide"
"Sweet Music Man"
Single by Reba McEntire
from the album Greatest Hits Volume III: I'm a Survivor
Released January 2002
Genre Country
Length 3:27
Label MCA Nashville
Producer(s) Alison Krauss
Reba McEntire singles chronology
"I'm a Survivor"
"Sweet Music Man"
"I'm Gonna Take That Mountain"

"Sweet Music Man" is a song written and recorded by American musician Kenny Rogers. It appears on his 1977 album Daytime Friends, from which it was released as the final single.[2]


In 1977, the song reached number 9 on the country music charts published by Billboard, and number 44 on the Billboard Hot 100. The song was a number one hit on the Canadian country and adult contemporary charts published by RPM, reaching its peak on both charts for the week of December 31, 1977.[3][4] Rogers used the song as a b-side to two of his later singles: "Lady" in 1980 and "You Were a Good Friend" in 1983.[1]

Later in 1977, Dolly Parton included the song on her Here You Come Again album (Parton and Alison Krauss performed the song together at the 2010 concert at Foxwoods Casino honoring Rogers' fifty years in entertainment); Reba McEntire covered the song in 2001 on her album Greatest Hits Volume III: I'm a Survivor. Her version was also released as a single, reaching number 36 on the country music charts. At the time, it was her lowest-peaking single since "(I Still Long to Hold You) Now and Then" in 1980.[5]

Through the years the song has been covered by numerous artists, including Tammy Wynette, Dottie West, Billie Jo Spears, Waylon Jennings, Anne Murray and Millie Jackson.

Critical reception

Kenny Rogers version

Kip Kirby, of Billboard magazine reviewed the song favorably, calling it a "first rate singing job from Rogers and pop-oriented production should ensure the chances of this song to register in both country and pop formats." She goes on to say that the song contains "excellent guitar work, cascading strings and Rogers' vocal ability to help the song build to a pleasing climax."[6]

Chart performance

Kenny Rogers

Chart (1977) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 9
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 44
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
Canadian RPM Top Singles 45
Canadian RPM Adult Contemporary 1

Millie Jackson

Chart (1978) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot R&B Singles 33

Reba McEntire

Chart (2002) Peak
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[9] 36


  1. 1 2 Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. p. 360. ISBN 0-89820-177-2.
  2. "Daytime Friends". Allmusic. Retrieved 10 September 2010.
  3. "Adult Contemporary chart for December 31, 1977". RPM. Retrieved 10 September 2010.
  4. "Country chart for December 31, 1977". RPM. Retrieved 10 September 2010.
  5. Whitburn, p. 271
  6. Billboard, October 15, 1977
  7. "Kenny Rogers – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Kenny Rogers.
  8. "Kenny Rogers – Chart history" Billboard Hot 100 for Kenny Rogers.
  9. "Reba McEntire – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Reba McEntire.
Preceded by
"Georgia Keeps Pulling on My Ring"
by Conway Twitty
RPM Country Tracks
number-one single

December 31, 1977
Succeeded by
"Take This Job and Shove It"
by Johnny Paycheck
Preceded by
"Here You Come Again"
by Dolly Parton
RPM Adult Contemporary
number-one single

December 31, 1977
Succeeded by
"I Honestly Love You"
by Olivia Newton-John
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