Songs My Mother Never Sang

Homer & Jethro

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Songs My Mother Never Sang Review

by Cub Koda

In the early to mid-'60s, Homer & Jethro were RCA Victor's top-selling country comedy act and one of their top sellers in the country field, period. Producer Chet Atkins and the sales department took note of both, and thus began the golden age of the Homer & Jethro album, a form that proliferated during the '60s, with the duo sometimes issuing several in one year alone. For this album, producer Atkins threw caution to the wind and left the tape machine running all during the recording date so he could include on this album some of the wild, between-take goings-on that Homer & Jethro sessions were so well known for. Although the song contents are among the duo's best ("She Was Bitten on the Udder By an Adder," "Please Help Me, I'm Falling," "How Come There's No Dog Day?," "In the Shade of the Apple Tree," "The Tattooed Lady," "I Love Your Pizza," "Don't Jump Off the Roof Dad!," a devastating version of "Among My Souvenirs," "Sweet Violets," "Will You Love Me When," and "Come Here Little Wifey!"), the real highlights here are the false starts, comments about the songs, and occasional ribald jokes that make this such a fly-on-the-wall treat. One can only imagine as to what was deemed too raunchy for the final cut on this very fun session.

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