Friday, 26 July 2013

Oh Me Farmers!

I can't tell you a great deal about this particular record - other than it stinks, of course. In a month when Britain is melting - enjoying or suffering it's biggest heatwave in decades - all we need is someone praying for more sun!

Red Williams began his recording career, for Dot (the same company that put out Pat Boone's work), around 1961 and it took him a full 25 years to come up with this classic. He also recorded for Decca and for the legendary Sun label (his I'm Losing You has noting whatsoever to do with the John Lennon song of the same name, despite what AllMusic might tell you!)

It seems that the poor man's singing career didn't provide enough dosh to support him and his family: when he wasn't performing he earned his crust working as a TV repair man.

Released in 1986 on the small, Memphis-based Stairway label, the Farmer's Prayer is just horrible: oh look at us, we're dirt poor but we don't complain. All we want is a little more sunshine. Please God, help a fellow out. Bleugh! How three people have the temerity to take a writing credit for this slice of crap when it was composed around an uncredited riff stolen wholesale from Johann Pachelbel is beyond me.

If anyone out there has any more info on this record please do share - otherwise, enjoy!

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