Del Reeves

Big Daddy Del

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The feel-good, singalong song "Be Glad" was Del Reeves' last Top Five hit, although he maintained his presence on the charts for another 15 years. The album that contains that hit, Big Daddy Del, also includes Reeves' hit "There Wouldn't Be a Lonely Heart in Town," which continued his success with uptempo material. The entire album sustains the upbeat tone of its two hits with celebrations of Southern heritage ("My Window Faces the South," "Son of the South") and renditions of pop and country oldies like "It's a Sin to Tell a Lie" and "Don't Let Your Deal Go Down," both of which are reminiscent of Jimmy Dean's hits "Harvest of Sunshine" and "The First Thing Ev'ry Morning (And the Last Thing Ev'ry Night)." The title track is an original tune Billy Edd Wheeler wrote for Reeves, and "Sweet Tater and Cisco" became a hit for Nat Stuckey in 1969 as "Sweet Thang and Cisco." "Alabama Bull of the Woods" and John D. Loudermilk's oft-covered "Big Daddy" add a dose of humor and contribute to the album's Southern theme. The songs that aren't about the South are aggressively happy and nostalgic -- there are no tear-in-my-beer laments or cheatin' songs to bog down Reeves' wall-to-wall country fun fest. Big Daddy Del, like most of Reeves' albums, represents the lighter side of country music and offers harmless escapism rather than the "three chords and the truth" grittiness of his honky tonk brethren.

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