Ribbon of Darkness
"Ribbon of Darkness" is a song written by Gordon Lightfoot
Gordon Lightfoot
Gordon Meredith Lightfoot, Jr. is a Canadian singer-songwriter who achieved international success in folk, folk-rock, and country music, and has been credited for helping define the folk-pop sound of the 1960s and 1970s...

 that was released in 1965 as a single by Marty Robbins
Marty Robbins
Martin David Robinson , known professionally as Marty Robbins, was an American singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist...

. The song was Robbins' eleventh number one on the U.S. country singles chart, where it would spend one week at the top and a total of nineteen weeks on the chart.

Lightfoot's own version was released as single in 1965 and included in 1966 debut album Lightfoot!
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and again for his 1975 compilation album Gord's Gold
Gord's Gold
Gord's Gold is a compilation album released by Canadian singer Gordon Lightfoot in 1975.It was the first Lightfoot compilation to feature music from his Warner Bros. Records. The album was originally released as a two-record album featuring re-recordings of his United Artists hits...

. 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
Sunday Concert
Sunday Concert is Canadian singer Gordon Lightfoot's fifth album, released in 1969 on the United Artists label. It was Lightfoot's first live album and until the release of a live DVD in 2002, remained Lightfoot's only officially released live recording...


Other cover versions

  • In 1969, Connie Smith
    Connie Smith
    Connie Smith is an American country music artist. She began her career in 1963 after winning a local talent contest near Columbus, Ohio, which attracted the attention of country songwriter Bill Anderson...

     made the top 20 on the country chart with her version, peaking at #13.
  • Crystal Gayle
    Crystal Gayle
    Crystal Gayle is an American country music singer best known for her 1977 country-pop hit, "Don't It Make My Brown Eyes Blue". An award-winning singer, she accumulated 18 number one country hits during the 1970s and 1980s...

    sang the song in her first television appearance. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G9Srs9FbjIQ&feature=channel

Marty Robbins

Chart (1965) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 1
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 3

Connie Smith

Chart (1969) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles 13
Canadian RPM Country Tracks 1
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