Op lp Life's This Way/Life Turned Her That Way. See also: Detroit City and Mental Revenge.
Johnny Darrell [top 10 C&W]
Kenny Rogers & The First Edition [n°2 UK]
Geraldine Stevens [answer song: Billy I've Got To Go To Town]
Nana Mouskouri [as Ruby, garde ton coeur ici]
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.