Despite its title, Bob Braun's 1965 album, Introducing, did not introduce Bob Braun -- he began recording in the '50s and scored some minor hits in 1962. Braun was a good-looking fellow with a smooth baritone somewhere between Guy Mitchell and Vaughn Monroe; but was mainly a regional phenomenon in the Cincinnati area. Introducing is billed as a country-pop album, but the arrangements -- which include horns and a vocal chorus but no fiddles or steel guitars -- lean heavily toward pop. Most of the songs were co-written with producer Hank Hunter; and are sung, not spoken, like Braun's Decca hits. A remake of "Sweet Violets" from a late-'50s Fraternity single is a welcome reprise of one of Braun's most popular songs. Bob Braun had a recognizable voice and a strong Midwestern following due to his radio and television work, and Introducing serves him well with good original material and high production values.
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