“Coward of the County” is a classic Country story song written by Roger Bowling and Billy Ed Wheeler, and recorded by American Country music superstar Kenny Rogers. It was released as the second single from the Triple Platinum album Kenny. A million-selling Gold-certified 45, it is one of Kenny’s biggest career hits.
The song is about a man’s nephew who is a reputed coward, but finally takes a stand for his lover. The song reached number one on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. It also hit #1 on the Cash Box singles chart and #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. In addition, it hit #1 on the UK Singles chart. It was the most recent traditional country music song to hit number one in the UK, in February 1980. Alvin and the Chipmunks covered the song with several lyric changes for their 1981 album Urban Chipmunk.
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