1) How is it determined which songs from an album will be released as singles?
That’s a good question, but one of those that has no one-size-fits-all answer. Most of the time it’s a team decision, made by some combination of the artist, the producer, the record company, the promotion team, radio stations, and fans. Sometimes an album is released with a game plan for single number one, single number two, and single number three. Quite often, though, radio and fan reaction throws such a plan into total chaos when they begin to choose their own favorites. It’s just one more thing that makes this business so confusing, so uncertain, and, truthfully, so much fun.
2) I am 61-years old, a veteran, and am proud of being one. My favorite song about veterans is “Arlington.” With your sound and your style of music I think that you would really do justice to a song like that. Have you ever thought about doing that type of song?
If you mean a song about the military, I’ve recorded several over the years. The most recent was “Old Army Hat,” which you can access on our website or on YouTube. It’s a real-life tribute to a veteran from World War II. Other patriotic-type songs of mine include “I Am A Soldier” from one of my early albums, “Where Have All Our Heroes Gone?”, and “American Pride” which I co-wrote for Daily & Vincent.
3) Is there any chance of having your early records re-released on CD? I am very interested in the recording of “Ladies Choice,” which I think is one of the best albums you have ever done.
Thank you. People seem to think that’s either one of my best or my absolute worst. I’m glad to know you like it. The tricky part about it ever being released on CD is the fact that I do not own the masters. They are owned my MCA Records, and when I have approached them in the past about such possibilities, they have not been interested. Times change, people in positions of authority change, and perhaps mentioning it to them again wouldn’t be a bad idea. I’ll run it up the flagpole and see if anyone salutes. The worst they can say is, “No.” And while on the subject of “Ladies Choice,” our next question concerns one of the songs on that record:
4) One of my favorite songs is Double S. How did you come to write it? Was it a personal experience?
No, I can assure you it was not a personal experience! I was entertaining some friends on my bus between a matinee and a night show up in Michigan, and one of the people on board had the initials “M.M.” I started acting silly and making up word combinations with the initials “M.M.” Soon I realized there were more possibilities if I used the letters “S.S.” and so I began fooling around with that. Before the afternoon was over, I had made up the “silly story”. It was all in fun and never intended to be a song. But when I showed the lyric to Buddy Killen, (he was my record producer at the time), he started putting a melody behind it and the rest is history. Stupid stuff, huh??
Thanks for your questions this month, and please keep them coming. You can send them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or via snail mail at P.O. Box 888, Hermitage, TN. 37076. Stay curious.