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Artist:Johnny Darrell
Label:  United Artists
Catalogue:UA 50126
Date:Feb 1967
Collection:  I Own It     I Want It 
Community:3 Own
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AJohnny DarrellRuby, Don't Take Your Love To TownM. TillisBob MontgomeryRate
BJohnny DarrellThe Little Things I LoveC. Putnam, E. MillerKelso HerstonDon TweedyRate


BB March 11, 1967

BB country no. 9

First recording of 'Ruby'


2nd May 2015
 Originals etc is a good site but they work on first recorded version rather than first released version, depends on how one looks at it to me I prefer to class first released as original

Russ Tatt
27th Sep 2014
 How about the fact that the song brought Mel Tillis back into our conciousness? When I first held a copy of the KR single I thought, "alright,a Mel Tillis composition".Then,I thought back to the "I Ain't Never" days.Good writer. Just a case of different strokes for different folks I guess. Russ;

27th Sep 2014
 Johnny Darrell's version was recorded in July 1966, released as a single in February 1967. Waylon Jennings recorded it in September 1966, but released it only as an album track in August 1967. Both ways, Johnny Darrell's version came first, but more importantly this was the song's first single release, and a country hit.

27th Sep 2014
 According to the site Originals Project this isn't the first recording of "Ruby". The original was by

Waylon Jennings 9-8-66 (8 September 1966)
on lp RCA Victor 3825 "Love Of The Common People"

2nd Aug 2013
 I always hated Kenny Rogers and especially this song. It was only much much later that I discovered Johnny Darrell and heard his version. It's just a different song, poignant and infinitely sad, not a drawn-out violent threat.


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