Country Music’s Most Famous Coward
In 1980 young 'Tommy' got two things: Famous...and Revenge.
Tommy became the most famous Coward in country music thanks to the writing of Roger Bowling & Billy Edd Wheeler and the voice of Kenny Rogers. By the time 'Coward of the County' hit the charts, Kenny was already famous as 'The Gambler', his worldwide smash from a year or so before. But this 'Coward' kept Kenny right there at the top of the chart...or should I say chart's...around the world.
Country Music is famous for telling stories, and there's none better than the story of Tommy. A combination of love, misunderstanding and revenge, the song was a number one hit on music charts around the world, both country and pop and rock and adult contemporary and...well, you get the idea. No matter the type of music you loved, you loved 'Coward of the County'. And like 'The Gambler', 'Coward of the County' also became a TV movie, broadcast in 1981.
Oh, and by the way, the guy I mentioned above, Roger Bowling, the man who co-wrote 'Coward'? Well, he also co-wrote another Kenny Rogers classic that has lived and thrived through the decades. It was a little tune called 'Lucille'.