Kenny Rogers-Ruby Don't Take Your Love to Town

Kenny Rogers-Ruby Don’t Take Your Love to Town

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Kenny Rogers-Ruby Don’t Take Your Love to Town

Kenny Rogers-Ruby Don’t Take Your Love to Town Vinyl is now available in Bangladesh. “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town” is a song written by Mel Tillis about a paralyzed veteran who lies helplessly as his wife “paints [herself] up” to go out for the evening without him. He believes she is going in search of a lover. As he hears the door slam behind her, he claims that he would murder her if he could move to get his gun, and pleads for her to reconsider. A line in the song about a “crazy Asian war” and the time of the song’s release led to the assumption the song was about a veteran of the Vietnam War—though this was never stated in the lyrics—although Tillis stated that the song was about a veteran of World War II.

The First Edition

In 1969, after the success Kenny Rogers and The First Edition had enjoyed with the hits “Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)” and “But You Know I Love You,” Rogers wanted to take his group more into a country music direction. They recorded their version of the song, with Rogers singing the lead, in a single take. The record was a major hit for them. It made number 1 in the UK New Musical Express chart (although number 2 on the official UK Singles Chart) staying in the top 20 for 15 weeks and selling over a million copies by the end of 1970. In the United States it reached number six on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 39 on the country chart.

Side A

1.Ruby Don’t Take Your Love To Town
2.Green Green Grass Of Home
3.Sweet Music Man
4.Love Or Something Like It
5.You And Me
6.King Of Oak Street

Side B

1.Reuben James
2.Puttin’ In Overtime At Home
3.Daytime Friends
4.Let It Be Me
5.Buried Treasure
6.The Son Of Hickory Holler’s Tramp

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