This was one dollar. Bought it for the songs on it, most notably ” Born To Lose”, “Sweet Dreams”, and “The Streets Of Laredo”. I also think when I bought it, I was confusing folk singer and reporter Bob Gibson(a major influence on Phil Ochs) with Don Gibson of this album.
Well, Don Gibson,”The Poet of Sadness”, was born in 1928 in Shelby, NC. He was a talented song writer as well as country performer. As a performer, he had a slew of hits from the late 50’s to early 70’s. As a songwriter, he is best known for writing “I Can’t Stop Loving You” which was a hit for many people, including Ray Charles, who almost made it his signature tune, behind “Georgia”. Don would die of natural causes in 2003. They names a Theater/Venue after him in his home town.
This album, released in 1969 on RCA Camden, was pretty well into his career when it came out. It contains Gibson’s version of “Sweet Dreams” which was an earlier hit for Patsy Cline. It also has a bunch of other good numbers. Decent album.
For a sample, I went not with one of Gibson’s originals, but with his interpretation of a country standard, covered by everyone; “Born To Lose” , written by Ted Daffan. Born in Beauregaurd Parrish, LA, Daffan spent some time in Texas, working at in instrument repair shop in Houston in the 1930’s. Just throwing in some local color. I probably highlighted this fact the last time I posed a Daffan number. What can I say? I like to spotlight Houston.
Good Album. Satisfactory.