BJ Thomas, Everybody’s Out Of Town, Scepter SPS-582, 1970
It’s a safe bet that George Washington couldn’t have foreseen this album cover when he gave the first US Presidential Inaugural Address just up the steps from where BJ Thomas posed for the picture. Nevertheless, while this this record isn’t as historical, I consider it a classic.
Now its not that I think BJ Thomas is the world’s greatest singer, or the concept is Earth shattering, but rather it’s what can happen when really talented people get together to make a record. The Late Great Chips Moman produced the record at his American Recording Studio in Memphis. The songs include Motown and Paul Simon covers and new songs by Burt Bacharach & Hal David, and Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil. How did a tiny independent record company like Scepter Records pull that off?
Well their pushy owner Florence Greenberg, that’s who. She took on the big studios and usually won, landing hit after hit for her big acts The Shirelles, Dionne Warwick and BJ Thomas. In fact, this album is the follow-up to BJ Thomas’ biggest hit, the grammy and Oscar winning Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head. Even though this will never be a very valuable record, it’ll be on my turntable from time to time, no matter who’s in town.
Cost: $2, $516 Remaining