You're My Love

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You’re My Love

from the album They Don’t Make Them Like They Used To
Originals album artwork
from the album Originals
Song details
Performer: Kenny Rogers; Prince
First Released: 23 October 1986 - They Don’t Make Them Like They Used To album
7 June 2019 - Originals album (Prince version)
Album(s): They Don’t Make Them Like They Used To
Writer(s): Prince (as Joey Coco)
Producer(s): Jay Graydon (Kenny Rogers version); Prince (on Originals).
Live Appearances
First and last live appearance:
  • This track is not believed to have been performed live by Prince.
Performed regularly on tour:
  • none
Performed occasionally in shows:
  • none

You’re My Love is the third track on American country music singer-songwriter Kenny Rogers’ fourteenth studio album They Don’t Make Them Like They Used To, written by Prince under the pseudonym Joey Coco (the first time this pseudonym had been used officially). The song is the only track from the album with any Prince input. The released version was produced by Jay Graydon.

In June 1987, You’re My Love was included as the b-side of Ronnie Misap and Kenny Rogers’ single Make No Mistake, She’s Mine. The single reached number 1 on the Billboard Country charts, and number 42 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

Although exact recording dates are not known, basic tracking for Prince’s original version took place in March 1982 at Prince’s Kiowa Trail Home Studio (around the same time as You Should Be Mine). In 1984, the song was considered for The Family, but no new recording was done on the track at the time. A mix was done the following year on 25 September 1985 at Sunset Sound in Hollywood, California.

Clare Fischer added orchestral overdubs in May 1986, by which time it was attributed to Prince and the Revolution, but Kenny Rogers and his band re-recorded the song in the Spring or Summer of 1986 (at one of several studios - Garden Rakes, Sherman Oaks, CA, USA; Conway, Hollywood, California; Can/Am, Tarzana, CA, USA; House Of Gold, Nashville, TN, USA or The Garage, Nashville, TN, USA), and the released version contains no musical input by Prince. The released version contains background vocals by El DeBarge, who would later record and release another track by Prince, Tip O’ My Tongue.

In 2019, Prince’s own version was released as the seventh track on the posthumous album Originals.

Recording Information
Recording Sessions
Date Studio Additional info
March 1982 Kiowa Trail Home Studio,
Chanhassen, MN, USA
25 September 1985 Sunset Sound - Studio 3,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Mix (Susan Rogers & Coke Johnson, Prince not present)
9 May 1986 Ocean Way Recording,
Hollywood, CA, USA
Orchestra overdubs
1986 Unknown studio(s) (Garden Rakes,Sherman Oaks, CA, USA; Conway,Hollywood, CA, USA; Can/Am, Tarzana, CA, USA; House Of Gold, Nashville, TN, USA or The Garage, Nashville, TN, USA) Kenny Rogers re-recording (no Prince input)
Recording Personnel

Kenny Rogers version

Prince version (on Originals)

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments

Unreleased version

  • Prince - all vocals and instruments
Orchestral players on overdub of Prince version (assumed):
  • Cello - Fred Seykora, James Arkatov, Mary Louise Zeyen, Raphael Kramer
  • Double Bass - Arni Egilson, David Stone
  • French Horn - David Duke, James Thatcher, Joseph Meyer, Marny Johnson
  • Trombone - Charles Loper, Garnett Brown, Morris Repass
  • Trumpet - Bob Bryant, Robert Findley, Hal Espinosa, Ray Brown
  • Tuba - Tommy Johnson
  • Viola - Alan DeVreitch, Jorge Moraga, Margot MacLaine, Myer Bello, Norm Forrest, Pam Goldsmith
  • Violin - Betty Moor, Bill Hybel, Don Palmer, Edward Green, Francine Walsh, Henry Ferber, Irma Neumann, Isabelle Daskoff, Janice Gover, Karen Jones , Pam Gates, Pat Johnson, Robert Sushel, Ron Folsom, Terry Schoenburn, William Hymanson
  • Woodwind - Arni Egilson, Bob Tricarico, David Edwards, Dick Mitchell, Gary Foster, Joe Soldo, John Lowe

Released Versions
Title Length Released Version Additional info
You’re My Love 4:06 They Don’t Make Them Like They Used To
Make No Mistake, She’s Mine single
You’re My Love 4:24 Originals Original Prince version released in 2019

Unreleased Versions
Title Version Additional Info
You’re My Love Studio Prince’s 1982 version, with 1986 orchestral overdubs
Additional Information

See also Trivia

  • Although this is the only song Prince has contributed to Kenny Rogers, Prince performed a version of Rogers’ The Gambler live in concert in 1997.

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