The First Edition (later known as Kenny Rogers and the First Edition) was a country music/rock band. Its stalwart members were Kenny Rogers (lead vocals and bass guitar), Mickey Jones (drums and percussion) and Terry Williams (guitar and vocals). The band formed in 1967, with folk musician Mike Settle (guitar and backing vocals) and the operatically trained Thelma Camacho completing the lineup.
The First Edition signed with Reprise Records in the summer of 1967 and had its first big hit in early 1968 with the pop-psychedelic single "Just Dropped In (To See What Condition My Condition Was In)" (US No. 5). After several hits and misses the group (now billed as "Kenny Rogers and the First Edition") once again hit the top ten in the summer of 1969 with the topical "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love To Town" (US No. 6, UK#2).
For the next six years, First Edition bounced between country, pop and mild psychedelia, enjoying worldwide success.