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Thread #841   Message #2415144
Posted By: GUEST,DWR
15-Aug-08 - 09:46 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Big Bruce (parody of Big John)
Subject: RE: Lyric Req: Big Bad Bruce
The Traveler IS available, but so far as I know only as a part of the four CD set, Country Gentlemen - The Early Rebel Recordings 1962-1971, Rebel 4002, 1998.

Big Bruce is track 28 on Disc one and was from the same session that produced Matterhorn.

From the notes: The last track recorded was Big Bruce, a gay spoof on Jimmy Dean's classic of the early 1960s, Big Bad John. The song came to John Duffey's attention when they were "playing in a place called Brickskellar in which we used to do periodically in Washington D.C. Some guys from Georgetown University were in one night and they gave me this thing as a . . . it was like a poem. I looked at it and I said, 'Man, this is cute.' I asked who wrote it and he said, 'Oh, a bunch of us just had ideas and put it together.' I said, 'Well, if I should do anything with this, give me a name, address, phone number or something like that' and he said , 'You can have it.' So I took it. You'd be surprised how successful Big Bruce was. My wife and I used to go up above Bethany Beach, it was a place called Nomad Village. You rent A-frames and they allow dogs and of course we had a big St. Bernard and we always wanted to take her with us. We arrived there one afternoon and we said, 'Well, let's go to the bar and have a drink.' So we did [and] somehow or other the bartender had heard that Mr. Duffey had checked in. To make it very short, he says, 'You know that record of Big Bruce that you put out, we've got the third copy on the jukebox. They wear it out.' Well, come to find out this lounge that was a part of the complex there on Friday and Saturday was a gay bar and whereas some people thought it would be offensive, he said, 'The customers just love it. They play it all night long.' So it actually did fairly well." Dick Freeland lamented, "Unfortunately, at the time we released it there were a lot of radio stations that absolutely wouldn't play it. It sort of got around on the underground. If we had released it ten years later, it might have been a pretty good song . . . we were just a little bit ahead of our time." In spite of the relative popularity of the song, there was some dissention within the group. Eddie Adcock stated that "I didn't want to do that. There's gotta be some people out there like that and so I just don't like doing the song. I didn't mind John Duffey actually carrying on the way he did all the time but I thought the Big Bruce thing was a bit too much. It's all in the spirit of good fun but once a joke is told it's over with and a song like that to me is like a joke, once it's sung let's not do it anymore."
From the notes by Gary B. Reid, Roanoke, Virginia - October 1997.

Apologies for any typos that may have crept in. That is the longest I have typed at one sitting in a long time, and I didn't have the benefit of a scan program. I bought my copy of the box set from Eddie Adcock, by the way. I recommend it highly!