Rings of Gold

Don Gibson

About Rings of Gold

"Rings of Gold" is a single by American country music artists Dottie West and Don Gibson. Released in February 1969, it was the first single from their album Dottie and Don. The song peaked at number 2 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. It also reached number 1 on the RPM Country Tracks chart in Canada. The duet – a mid-tempoed country pop-flavored song about a failing relationship – became the first of two duets pairing West and Gibson to reach the top 10 of the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart, the other being the No. 7 hit "There's a Story (Goin' 'Round)" in January 1970. "Rings of Gold" was West's biggest hit to that point in her career, and her 1973 solo hit "Country Sunshine" would match it; both remained her biggest hits until "Every Time Two Fools Collide," her 1978 No. 1 duet with Kenny Rogers. For Gibson, it was his first top 10 hit in two years, the last coming with 1967's "Funny, Familiar, Forgotten, Feelings" (No. 8), and his biggest hit since "Lonesome Number One," a No. 2 hit in early 1962. 


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I remember when you said
With this ring I thee wed
Now you've gone betrayed my trust
Rings of gold have turned to rust
Tears may wash away the sin
Love that's dead can live again
Knowing there's no hope for us
Turns these rings of gold to rust
Plans we've made just yesterday
Sands of time have chipped away
Now they've crumbed into dust
Rings of gold have turned rust
Love before was clean and pure
Now no more can I be sure
You will not betray my trust
Rings of gold have turned to rust

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Don Gibson

Donald Eugene "Don" Gibson (April 3, 1928 – November 17, 2003) was an American songwriter and country musician. A Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, Gibson penned such country standards as "Sweet Dreams" and "I Can't Stop Loving You", and enjoyed a string of country hits from 1957 into the early 1970s. more »

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Written by: GENE THOMAS

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"Rings of Gold" is a duet sung by American country musicians Don Gibson and Dottie West. These two were some of the biggest names in the country genre during the 60s and 70s.
Release Date
The song was released in December 1969 as the first single from the album "Dottie and Don".
Record Label
"Rings of Gold" was released under the record label RCA Victor. This label at the time was renowned for housing a large number of popular country musicians.
Chart Performance
"Rings of Gold" enjoyed substantial success, reaching number two on the U.S. Billboard Hot Country Singles chart and number seven on the Canadian RPM Country Tracks.
Song Theme
The song speaks about a failing relationship and the impending end of a marriage, symbolized by the rings of gold that were once a sign of their love.
Despite its popularity and chart success, the song did not receive any prestigious music awards during its prime.
"Rings of Gold" was written by Gene Thomas, a country music songwriter known for various hits during the 1960s and 1970s.
The song marked one of the few collaborations between Don Gibson and Dottie West. Their duet album, "Dottie and Don", only featured their joint works.
"Rings of Gold" has been covered by several artists over the years, showcasing its lasting impact in the country music genre.
Today, "Rings of Gold" is often remembered as one of the classic country duets from the late-1960s and is included in many classic country playlists.

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