What About Me? (1984)
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32 years ago 1984
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What About Me? is the title of a 1984 album by Kenny Rogers, released by RCA Nashville (see 1984 in music). After success in 1983 with the album Eyes That See in the Dark (which featured songs composed by The Bee Gees exclusively for Rogers), Rogers' solo career had now been successful for at least eight years. While the critics were mixed about his brand of country/pop/AOR, it was popular with his fans, and his singles and albums charted across the board; even

though critic Stephen Thomas Erlewine in Allmusic described What About Me? as "cold and clean, typifying the worst in mid-'80s adult contemporary...a depressing comedown."

The album's title track, "What About Me?", is sung in trio with R&B singer James Ingram and Rogers' former New Christy Minstrels bandmate turned solo star Kim Carnes, which is a love song that reached number one on the AC charts and was also a pop and country hit.[1], giving co-writer Richard Marx his first number one hit as a writer. Elsewhere on the album is "Two Hearts, One Love" by Byron Hill, "The Stranger" (a story song in the vein of Rogers' previous hits such as "The Gambler" and "Lucille"), "The Night Goes On" (a R&B influenced ballad) and "Crazy" (a song Rogers co-wrote with Richard Marx which is in the style of "Through the Years") that also charted and gave Rogers yet another number-one hit and Marx his second number one hit as a writer.

Though this album didn't enjoy the success of his previous albums, What About Me? was a hit with its strongest showing being number nine on the Country music album charts during a chart run of nearly a year.

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Tracks

1 What About Me 4:24
2 The Night Goes On 4:35
3 Dream Dancin' 4:26
4 Two Hearts One Love 3:37
5 I Don't Want To Know Why 4:06
6 Didn't We 3:55
7 Somebody Took My Love 3:53
8 Crazy 3:43
9 The Stranger 3:47
10 Heart To Heart 3:42