I saw a weird thing hanging on the wall in our Junction office on Monday I was going to tell you about. It was a record (45) with your name on it and Bill Smallwood. First I just saw Bill Smallwood and thought it strange that there was a Bill Smallwood in Fredericksburg; I picked it up and turned it over and there was your name. Can you tell me the history behind that? I have not listened to it because it looked a bit scratched up on one side......and then there was an issue about a record player?
Let me know.....inquiring minds, ya know!
Revolution Broadcast Company of the West
KERV / KRVL / KMBL / KOOK / KHOS / KYXX
You stumbled across my one hit record - Rocky Mountain Oysters! Recorded by Bill Smallwood in the 1970s, it was a hit in San Angelo and Australia. I received $43.58 in worldwide royalties. Bill has a recording, but it is only on 45 rpm. Until I get it updated, here are some other stupid songs to keep that taste in your mouth.
Fredericksburg Phone Book Polka (mp3)
Fredericksburg TX is the Polka Capital of Texas. So I wrote a song about it.
Plain, White, and Cheap (mp3)
I stopped in H-E-B late one night and bought a gallon of milk, a loaf of bread, and a roll of toilet paper. The clerk asked, "Did you find everything?" I stared in my basket and thought, "Plain, white, and cheap... I'm good." And that's a good name for a song.
Depression Polka (mp3)
J'ever notice how all polkas sound pretty much the same?
Cricket Dance (mp3)
Playing the Chicken Dance for the 10th time one evening, I thought the world needed another dance song invoking critters. Just then, a cricket flew into my mouth. The song practically wrote itself.
When I arrived in Texas, I encountered my first armadillo. Needing to process the experience, I did what all songwriters do: wrote a song to inflict on the world.
Stranger Things Can Happen (mp3)
A slightly skewed take on relationships.
I Do (mp3)
A slightly skewed take on the marriage vows.
Tractor Song (mp3)
When disco arrived, I thought it would be funny to use my dad's John Deere tractor as a rhythm track. Never did, but a song came out if it. (By the way, this one was performed by Larry Groce of "Junk Food Junkie" fame during an arts outreach in Iowa) Instrumental version
Let's All Go to Choo Choo's (mp3)
An anthem for determined barflies.
How Great Thou Art (mp3)
Performed by my brothers for my dad's funeral in 2002.
Grandma's Song (mp3)
Written by me from verses suggested by Bessie Phillips, Dawn's paternal grandmother, who was born in 1899 and lived a long and interesting frontier life. Melody by Valerie Phillips, and performed by Dawn, Valerie, and Vickie Phillips, all Bessie's granddaughters.
All songs Copyright Phil Houseal, 1982 - 2008