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Abby Sale Richard Dyer-Bennet (158* d) RE: Richard Dyer-Bennett 24 Jun 08


Yep, Mudchuck. 1601's one of my favorite LPs, too. Along with MacColl's Merry Muses of Caledonia, of course.

I recall that Dyer-Bennet wrote that he put out that record largely because he was plain tired of being referred to as an aesthetic pantywaist. It was only that he had a high voice. Don't forget to listen to the other side of the record - it was one of the earliest over-the-counter records with the bawdy verses left in.

If Dyer-Bennet was an acquired taste, he was also a great talent, dedicated to valid presentation and to giving the setting and meanings of the sings.

I was stunned the first time I heard him on record and then live. Ahhh! Ballads! That's what it's all about! Not just Feel Good or Sing Along or Knee Slappin' but actually telling a story! I was sold from then on. About 1956.


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