Kenny Rogers and his band, First Edition, recorded this classic hit in 1969. This track instantly reached the No. 6 position on Adult Contemporary Charts and the Hot 100 charts.
Rogers is a country music legend who has enjoyed a successful career spanning sixty years. He has several hit numbers that everyone loves to listen to, even today. “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town” is one of those songs that helped him gain mega-stardom.
Written by Mel Tillis, “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town” tells the story of an injured soldier returning home to the girl who was nice to him. However, when the girl wants to leave him at night, he can only ask her to stay home.
This song is considered Rogers’, but Tillis’s fans believe it’s one of the most enduring songs he has ever written. This innocuous country hit was first recorded by Waylon Jennings in 1966. Still, it was Kenny Rogers’ version of this song that most people would think about instantly in the late 60s.
The other performers did a fantastic job, but Rogers’ voice fits the song perfectly. His voice carries the hurt and stirs up the listeners’ emotions. Only a few vocalists then or even now can pull that off so well.
Kenny Rogers’ “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town” approaches the subject of political unrest within a country from a romantic perspective of an injured soldier instead of the patriotic one.
“Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town” focuses mainly on humanity and the demanding situations in a person’s life. It’s a simple song that is easy to understand. This melodious song has entertained music lovers for a long time and has now entered the list of evergreen classics.