RUBY DON'T TAKE YOUR LOVE TO TOWN

Latest update on 14/05/2010

Artist: Mel Tillis
Author: Mel Tillis
Label: Kapp
Year: 1967

See also: Detroit City and Mental Revenge.

Covers:

1967:

Tumbleweeds

1967:

Waylon Jennings

1967:

Roger Miller

1967:

Johnny Darrell

1969:

Kenny Rogers & The First Edition [n°2 UK]

1969:

Geraldine Stevens [answer song: Billy I've Got To Go To Town]

1969:

Bobby Bare

1969:

Dale Hawkins

1969:

Nana Mouskouri [as Ruby, garde ton coeur ici]

1970:

Ace Cannon

1973:

Carl Perkins

2007:

Killers

A hit only in Europe and that's all because of Vietnam. This is a song about a cripple veteran who cannot prevent his Ruby leaving home to seek her pleasures downtown. Kenny Rogers' compatriots couldn't identify with a loser, not even in the sixties, as long as there were boys over there. Green barret supportive America did lay money down for Geraldine Stevens' feministic parody. By the time Kenny Rogers' cut Ruby, it was a two year old song, written while the culminating consequenses of the Têt offensive hadn't altered public opinion yet.

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