Country Throwback: Kenny Rogers Once Released Love Song Secretly Written by Prince

by Emily Morgan
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The late pop icon, Prince, was known for his work as a talented singer, performer, and musician. However, fans may not know that Prince also had a tie to the country music world. Prince wrote a country song for one of the genre’s biggest stars at the time: Kenny Rogers.

Prince wanted to keep his involvement in the song a secret, so he wrote the song under the pseudonym “Joey Coco.” He also used an alias for a song he wrote for pop artist Sheena Easton.

The secret song Prince wrote for the country legend was titled “You’re My Love.” Rogers featured it as the fourth track on his 1986 album They Don’t Make Them Like They Used To.

As you can guess from the track’s title, “You’re My Love” is a tender love song in which the narrator describes his affection for their special someone, singing, “All I know is I need you, more than I’ve ever needed anyone else before.

Kenny Rogers Never Got to Meet Prince

Even though Prince wrote the song for Rogers, the two singers never got the chance to meet. After Prince died in 2016, Rogers shared in a Facebook post that he “always wanted to meet Prince one day.”

Rogers also recalled when Prince sent him the love song and how the “Purple Rain” singer played all of the instruments and sang the background vocals. 

Unfortunately, when Rogers re-cut the song, he lost all of Prince’s original recordings. However, Rogers would never forget Prince’s hard work when he created the piece. Despite being from two totally different music worlds, the two could work together as strangers, and they finished the track as friends.

“He was a brilliant guy and a gifted musician with a lot of feelings,” Rogers wrote on Facebook, “and you could tell his feelings went far deeper than what was written on his face.”

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