July 4, 2016 Gallant Independence Day

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Gallant Men, Senator Everett McKinley Dirksen, Capitol ST2643, 1966

It was a different time.  I guess that’s the only way to describe how a 71 year old Republican Senator could write a poem and read it along with some stories from American history over a stirring marching band soundtrack…and have a hit record.  Gallant Men proved a minor hit during the 1966 holiday season, and the album reached all the way to #16 on the album charts.  As a result, this record is fairly easy to find, and because it’s boring as it sounds, most of them are in really great condition.

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It’s hard to imagine an album like this happening today with Ted Cruz  or Mitch McConnell talking about what inspires them.  In fairness, Sen. Dirksen does have a pretty good voice for this kind of thing, but who really take the trouble to listen to a record of a recitation of the Pledge Of Allegiance To The Flag.  The only way I would again would be for people when they doubt that such a record exists.  Then we’d all have a laugh and put it back for another 5-20 years.

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Like I said though, these records are easy to find and often in such great condition that you can find a great inner sleeve.  This still shrink-wrapped album had a mint condition Capitol inner sleeve featuring all The Beatles’ and The Beach Boys’ 1966 releases.  So I don’t really mind if it got immediately vetoed today from being played.

Today’s Summary:

Cost: $2, $936 Remaining

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