Ribbon of Darkness

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"Ribbon of Darkness"
Single by Gordon Lightfoot
B-side "Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues"
Released 1965
Label United Artists
Songwriter(s) Gordon Lightfoot
Gordon Lightfoot singles chronology
"I'm Not Sayin'"
(1965)
"Ribbon of Darkness"
(1965)
"For Loving Me"
(1966)
"Ribbon of Darkness"
Single by Marty Robbins
B-side "Little Robin"
Released March 22, 1965
Genre Country
Length 2:30
Label Columbia 4-43258
Songwriter(s) Gordon Lightfoot
Marty Robbins singles chronology
"Turn the Lights Down Low"
(1965)
"Ribbon of Darkness"
(1965)
"Old Red"
(1965)

"Ribbon of Darkness" is a song written by Gordon Lightfoot that was released in 1965 as a single by Marty Robbins. The song was Robbins' eleventh number one on the U.S. country singles chart, where it spent one week at the top and a total of nineteen weeks on the chart.[1]

Lightfoot's own version was released as single in 1965[2] and included in his 1966 debut album Lightfoot! and again for his 1975 compilation album Gord's Gold. The latter recording features the song in a medley with "I'm Not Sayin'", as does the live recording from Lightfoot's 1969 Sunday Concert album.

Other cover versions[edit]

  • In 1969, Connie Smith made the top 20 on the country chart with her version, peaking at #13.[3]
  • Crystal Gayle sang the song in her first television appearance. Video on YouTube
  • Jack Scott 1950's rock 'n' roll legend has recorded the song in 2013 to be released on his new album.

Chart performance[edit]

Marty Robbins[edit]

Chart (1965) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 1
US Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles (Billboard)[5] 3

Connie Smith[edit]

Chart (1969) Peak
position
US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 13
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 294. 
  2. ^ Wayne Francis. "Gordon Lightfoot 60's Singles". Lightfoot.ca. Retrieved 2016-09-29. 
  3. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2004). The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Country Hits: 1944-2006, Second edition. Record Research. p. 320. 
  4. ^ "Marty Robbins – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Marty Robbins.
  5. ^ "Marty Robbins – Chart history" Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 for Marty Robbins.
  6. ^ Illegal name entered Connie Smith/Connie+Smith/chart?f=357 "Connie Smith – Chart history" Billboard Hot Country Songs for Connie Smith.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
"What's He Doing in My World"
by Eddy Arnold
Billboard Hot Country Singles number-one single
(Marty Robbins version)

June 19, 1965
Succeeded by
"Before You Go"
by Buck Owens
Preceded by
"Cajun Love"
by Lucille Starr
RPM Country Tracks number-one single
(Connie Smith version)

June 23, 1969
Succeeded by
"Singing My Song"
by Tammy Wynette