Vinyl Day 6: Loretta Lynn “Van Lear Rose”, Curtis Mayfield “Back to the World”, & Bobby Sherman “With Love, Bobby: The Scrapbook Album”

Welcome to Vinyl Day 6! Catch up on the other days here.


Artist: Loretta Lynn
Album: Van Lear Rose
Year: 2004
Genre: Country, Americana, Indie Rock
Record Origins: One of mine, but I don’t remember where she came from.

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Loretta Lynn (along with Dolly) is one of my favorite song writers and performers in the world. As a younger artist, she was way ahead of the field in terms of songwriting with greats like “The Pill“, “You’re Lookin’ at Country“, “Coal Miner’s Daughter“, and my favorite “Louisiana Woman, Mississippi Man“, featuring Conway Twitter.

And these facts from Loretta’s wiki are some of the primary reasons I lover her so much:

Lynn focused on blue-collar women’s issues with themes about philandering husbands and persistent mistresses. Her music was inspired by issues she faced in her marriage. She pushed boundaries in the conservative genre of country music by singing about birth control (“The Pill”), repeated childbirth (“One’s on the Way”), double standards for men and women (“Rated ‘X'”), and being widowed by the draft during the Vietnam War (“Dear Uncle Sam”).

Country music radio stations often refused to play her music, banning nine of her songs, but Lynn pushed on to become one of country music’s legendary artists.

As I have mentioned in another post, I love a good ol’ country rebel. Loretta checks those boxes.

With 60 years in the business under her belt, Loretta’s 42nd(!) studio album was a crossover album produced by indie greatness Jack White. The song most people will be familiar with is “Portland, Oregon”, which also features Jack White.

Loretta and Jack also won two Grammys for this album, and one of their acceptance speeches was adorable.

This album is excellent, and although I think we will continue to look back upon the aughts as a less than tasteful decade, this album surpasses and, I think, will stand the test of time. I can’t believe it is already 16 years old.

Though, I will say- the album cover and back always drove me a little nuts as it looks like Ms. Loretta is wearing that big heavy dress on a hot day in the South. It makes me itch just looking at it.


Artist: Curtis Mayfield
Album: Back to the World
Year: 1973
Genre: Funk, Soul
Record Origins: Slam from some thrift shop in Chicago

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This album was acquired from the donated collected of one, Alyce J. Landry. Who is she? I don’t know, but several of her records found their way into my house. So, thank you Alyce, whoever and wherever you are.

Alyce has great taste in music, and I like to imagine her spinning this record in the 70s. Maybe she smoked a little weed while doing it. Gettin’ woke. I certainly hope she danced to it as one must do with Curtis Mayfield.

This album peaked at #1 on the hip-hop and R&B charts and #16 on the US Billboard 200.


Artist: Bobby Sherman
Album: With Love, Bobby: The Scrapbook Album
Year: 1970
Genre: Pop
Record Origins: Mom

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I had no idea who Bobby Sherman was before I wrote this. However, I have now learned he was a teen idol and experienced hearing loss because of all the ladies who used to scream for him.

I feel a little indifferent about this one, but here is a video of one of Bobby’s hits “Julie, Do Ya Love Me?” with a bunch of girls flipping their ever loving shit about Bobby.



 

Thanks for joining me for day 6!

Author: Keelin Billue

Chicago-based writer by way of Alabama, New Orleans, and Nashville. Writes primarily about music, sports (sort of), and the topics that piss people off at work and family holidays.

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