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Nope, it’s not the J.J. Cale tune which was a two time hit for Eric Clapton. Brook Benton’s “After Midnight” was a hit itself about ten years earlier. It was co-written by country songwriter Margie Singleton, who wrote songs for (and sang with) George Jones, Faron Young and others.

Songs with the same title are a favorite theme here on the Hymie’s blog.

Minneapolis is known as a city of bicycling enthusiasts. We certainly love riding around this neighborhood ourselves — in fact, we have a sidecar bike on which our shop dog, Irene, often rides to work.

This 1961 B-side by Fats Domino is a pretty fun bicycle song. We like it better than the spooky version of “Bicycle Built for Two” from 2001: A Space Odyssey which we posted about last month.

Sonny Bono said he wrote “Laugh at Me” after being refused service at Montoni’s Restaurant in Hollywood because of his hippy attire. The owner later claimed he called Bono a “clown.” It was the first of only two solo singles by Sonny, and in his spoken introduction he says, “I never thought I’d cut a record by myself but I’ve got somethin’ I want to say.”

Mott the Hoople covered the song on their first album several years later. It provided a perfect vehicle for Ian Hunter’s Dylanesque delivery and the band’s early glam styling.

On Monday mornings Garfield often makes remarks about coffee, and today was no exception. Our family had a little trouble getting the motor started this morning as well, and its the first day of summer camp for the kids which meant early alarm clocks and lunches to pack. All this morning activity needed some coffee.

We thought of this Dave Dudley single from the album Oh Lonesome Me. It was one of his first collaborations with songwriter Tom T. Hall. Their work together is best known by the 1970 hit “Day Drinkin’,”┬ábut this 1966 tune is a favorite of ours.

From the liner notes to this 1976 community theater production written by Agnes Helenius Luoma:

Land of the Sleeping Giant is the musical epic of the rugged northern frontiersmen — the Chippewa, the Voyageur, the Lumberjack and the Miner — as they challenge the grotesquely beautiful northern frontier of America … creating a legend unsurpassed as tehy left their marks along the way in search of life and livlihood.

The Mesabi Daily News reported in Ms. Luoma’s obituary that she received a federal grant to write Land of the Sleeping Giant, which was part of our nation’s bicentennial commemorations. She also wrote two unpublished novels.

For your listening enjoyment we’ve recorded the prologue (“Minnesota, Land of Charm”) and the three songs which make up Part I of this epic story.

Your friendly neighborhood record shop will be open from 11-4pm today. Have a fun and safe holiday!

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“Eddie Murphy, eat your heart out.”

How could you resist a 45 on the Evil label? We love different 45 label designs — the last time we features 45s simply because of their fun label designs, it was to collect some with creatures on them.

This week we came across two singles by Roger Guitar and the Guitar Dusters, a name which would have already caught our attention, on Evil Records. While not particularly evil, Mr. Guitar does offer a moving interpretation of Merle Haggard’s near-sanctified “Sing me Back Home,” and on the other side his original song seems to channel the spirit of songwriter and guitar genius Joe South.

We’d bring these singles home but we’re worried they might really be evil and haunt our stereo.

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