Australian singles charts:
Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town entered the Kent charts on 19 July 1969 and peaked at #9. The song was #66 on the Top 100 of 1969.
The song is on the album Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town which didn’t chart in Australia.
Record label of Australian release:
Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town, written by Mel Tillis, was about a paralysed 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.
Read more: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ruby_Don’t_Take_Your_Love_to_Town
Contrary to what many believe, the song wasn’t written about the Vietnam war, even though it was recorded during that era and contains the line “It wasn’t me that started that old crazy Asian war.”
“Ruby is a real life narrative about a soldier coming home from World War II in 1947 to Palm Beach County, Florida,” says songwriter Mel Tillis, himself a Florida native.
Read more: americansongwriter.com/kenny-rogers-ruby-dont-take-love-town-behind-the-song
This song is also on our Spotify playlist Bang a Gong – the 60s
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