Kenny Rogers & The First Edition had a Top 10 hit with "Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town," the title track from their 1969 album. Later that year, they released another song from the album, "Reuben James." Written by Alex Harvey and Barry Etris, it’s the story of a Black sharecropper who becomes mentor to the singer. It only reached #26 on the Hot 100, but to #9 in Canada and New Zealand and #10 in Australia. Conway Twitty also recorded the song for his 1970 album Hello Darlin’.