Roger Bowling composed "Lucille" (Roger Bowling - Hal Bynum) and it's on his album "Then I'll Stop Loving Me". This was the CMA Song of the Year in 1977. It is related by John Lomax III in Nashville Music City USA, that Bowling managed to have songs recorded by unusual means: ‘Bowling had won four thousand dollars in a poker game with producer Larry Butler. Butler was about to be married again at the time and didn’t have the money, so the two agreed Butler would pay Bowling off by recording some his songs by a singer named Kenny Rogers, at the time trying a country comeback’. The song had been turned down by Merle Haggard, Mel Tillis and Johnny Russell.
After leaving The First Edition this was the first Kenny Rogers hit as a solo artist. The single 1977 hit cover is from the album "Kenny Rogers". "Lucille" peaked at number five on the pop chart and topped the country chart.