Leroy Van Dyke

Lonesome Is

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Lonesome Is was recorded during Leroy Van Dyke's label-hopping period, when the Top 40 was slipping farther and farther from his grasp. After the debacle of his Vegas-style Warner Brothers album, The Leroy Van Dyke Show, his attempt to woo the pop audience continued with Lonesome Is, his first album for Kapp. Side one is exclusively pop (notwithstanding the fact that Bobby Goldboro's "Honey" also reached number one on the country charts), and includes a rare example of a country artist doing a song by Rod McKuen. The two songs that are identifiably "country," namely the minor hit "You May Be Too Much for Memphis, Baby" and John Hartford's "A Simple Thing As Love," are cast in the Glen Campbell mold. Van Dyke's identity crisis -- being marketed as a country artist while aspiring to become a tuxedoed easy listening vocalist -- pushed his later recordings into a dismal stylistic never-never land.