Here's a bizarre recording from 1967:
Lee Hazlewood conducts the 98% AMERICAN MOM & APPLE PIE 1929 CRASH BAND, performing a selection of his compositions in the style of a vauderville or music-hall band.
When I found this gem in a local second-hand store, I thought it was either a hoax or a contractual obligation release, but the tunes are expertly executed and it certainly sounds like they were having fun in the studio. The seller's description on the price sticker erroneously reads "WEIRD!! Lite Surf 196?" He got the first bit right, but I've yet to hear surf music played like dixie on a honkytonk piano!
The musicians names are cunningly disguised with cryptic pseudonyms. I have read here that Al Casey plays kazoo. Perhaps "Duane Goldfarb - King of the Pluckers" might be Duane Eddy. The liner notes are reproduced below for your enlightenment:
02 These Boots Are Made For Walkin'
03 Friday's Child
06 So Long Babe
07 How Does That Grab You Darlin'
08 In Our Time
09 Not The Lovin' Kind
10 Leave My Dog Alone
Lester Lanolin______“And his Pennsyldelphinians”
Pauline Pure_______“Defender of Good, Beater of Drums”
Duane Goldfarb_____”King of the Pluckers”
Ho-Ho-Ho Chi Minh__“Second Abacus Player”
Minny Tonka_______“Guess Which Hand Has the Dandruff Cure”
Sam Ponderosa_____“And His Magic Comb”
Miss Kitty_________“And her Stick Shift Auto Harp”
“My fellow 98* Per Centers:
Music are good. Music are good for you. You should eat at least three songs a day. In a recent government survey we discovered nothing. Chivas drinkers arise... you have nothing to lose but your equilibrium. ‘54-40 or fight’ means as much today as it will next week. Albums is good. Albums is good for you. You should eat at least three albums a day. This album you could eat six... it couldn’t hurt you.”
*98%... Because nobody is pure, darlin’!
Lee Hazlewood fans know that there are numerous albums that have never been re-released and are impossible to come by...
If anyone can point me to any of these LPs (listed here) I would be eternally grateful (within the limits of my mortality).
N.S.V.I.P.s (NOT SO VERY IMPORTANT PERSONS) Reprise RS-6133 1964
FRIDAY'S CHILD Reprise RS-6163 1965
LOVE AND OTHER CRIMES Reprise RS-6297 1968
FORTY LHI S-12009 1970
DID YOU EVER w. Nancy Sinatra RCA Victor LSP-4645 1972
I'LL BE YOUR BABY TONIGHT Viking VIF-5004 1973
A HOUSE SAFE FOR TIGERS CBS 80383 1975
20TH CENTURY LEE RCA YSPL-575 1976
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