This is a personal request from a very patient YT friend in
Botswana who has been waiting for more than one month now.
“Thank you” or “Kea leboga (in Setswana)” to 72398879 for waiting so patiently. I appreciate your patience. =)
“Coward of the County” happens to be one of my dad’s favorite country songs. “Coward of the County” is also one of the first country songs that I learned to sing. As I was just becoming a teenager, my mom and dad continually enjoyed listening to the music of Johnny Cash, Anne Murray, Conway Twitty, Barbara Mandrell, Glen Campbell, Crystal Gayle, Kenny Rogers … the list goes on.
"Coward of the County" is a 1979 song performed by Kenny Rogers, and co-written by Roger Bowling and Billy Ed Wheeler. The song reached number one on the BillboardHot Country Singles chart, number three on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and number one on the UK pop chart. It hit number one in the UK, in February 1980.
The song inspired a 1981 television movie of the same name, set in Georgia during World War II. The film starred: Rogers himself as Reverend Matt Spencer (the narrator); Frederick Lehne as his troubled nephew Tommy Spencer; Largo Woodruff as Becky; and William Schreiner as Jimmy Joe Gatlin. The movie added several characters never mentioned in the song, including: Car-Wash (Noble Willingham); Violet (Ann-Alicia); and Lem Gatlin, father of the "Gatlin Boys" (brothers Jimmy, Paul and Luke).
It has been claimed that the "Gatlin boys" in the song are a
reference to The Gatlin Brothers, against whom songwriter Roger Bowling had a bias. However, in "The Billboard Book of Number One Country Singles," Rogers stated that he did not realize the connection, and that had he done so, he would have asked for the name to have been changed. Larry Gatlin also gave the song a positive review ("It's a good song"). The Gatlin Brothers went on to open for Rogers on his 1980 tour, and provided backing vocals to his 1984 single, "Buried Treasure."