Junior Samples

Junior Samples and Archie Campbell

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Junior Samples and Archie Campbell is a collection of ten cuts originally released on Chart Records. Only three are performed with Archie Campbell; the rest feature an uncredited Ralph Emery as Samples' foil. The comedy bits, such as they are, consist of humorous interview excerpts set to music. Samples was a natural comedian, and some of his off-the-cuff remarks are quite funny and surprising -- like his disgusting account of kissing girls who dip snuff in "Junior's Love Life" -- but much of the entertainment value comes from his wry descriptions of poverty and backwoods culture. As country music became more oriented toward the pop mainstream and less reflective of the rural, economically depressed population that created it, characters like Samples became museum pieces. Whether you laugh at him or with him probably depends on your socioeconomic background, but he's quite a character either way. Samples' most famous bit, "The World's Biggest Whopper," is not included.