Del Reeves

Special Delivery

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Songwriter Hank Mills wrote Del Reeves' number one country hit "Girl on the Billboard," as well as later hits for other artists like Jim Ed Brown ("Angel's Sunday") and Robert Mitchum ("Little Ole Wine Drinker Me"). Since Reeves enjoyed so much success with one of Mills' songs, he turned to the writer for nearly half of the material on his 1966 album Special Delivery, including the album's single, "One Bum Town." Unfortunately, the plan was a bust, and "One Bum Town" broke Reeves' streak of major hits. The album has a number of notable tracks, however, including Mills' anachronistic historical song about Christopher Columbus, "Voyage of Ole Chris," and Larry Kingston's wordplay novelty "Wood Would." The country standard "Make the World Go Away" is incongruously thrust into the middle of these quirky songs to show that Reeves can play it straight. The weak sales of Special Delivery must have been a disappointment for Reeves, but it's an entertaining if obscure album.

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