Prince Secretly Wrote Kenny Rogers’ Song “You’re My Love”

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Prince Had A Surprising Connection To Country Star Kenny Rogers

Many artists in the country community were shaken when they learned Prince passed away at the age of 57 on April 21, 2016, including Kenny Rogers.

In addition to his work as a singer, performer, and musician, Prince was also a talented songwriter with a surprising connection to country music.

US singer Prince performs on October 11, 2009 at the Grand Palais in Paris. Prince wrote a song recorded by country music star Kenny Rogers
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As it turns out, Prince wrote a country song for one of the genre’s biggest stars. That star happened to be Kenny Rogers.

However, Prince wrote the song under the pseudonym “Joey Coco,” so his involvement in its creation was a complete secret. Prince also used a pseudonym for a song he wrote for pop artist Sheena Easton and many songs for other artists that went unreleased.

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

Kenny Never Got The Chance To Meet Prince…

As if the title isn’t enough indication, “You’re My Love” is a sweet love song in which the narrator expresses his affection for his special someone, singing, “All I know is I need you, more than I’ve ever needed anyone else before.

Although Prince wrote a song for Rogers, the two artists never met. However, as Rogers shared in a Facebook post after Prince’s passing, he “always wanted to” meet Prince one day.


Rogers recalled when Prince sent him “You’re My Love” and how he played all of the instruments and sang the background vocals on the recording he sent.

Unfortunately, when Rogers re-cut the song, Prince’s original recording was lost. But Rogers said he would never forget Prince’s effort in creating the song for him.

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

You can listen to the secret song Prince wrote for Rogers, “You’re My Love,” in the clip below. 

Rogers passed away on March 20, 2020. Both he and Prince are sincerely missed.