Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Nitty Gritty Dirt - The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (1967)

Nitty Gritty Dirt - The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band (1967)

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"Buy for Me the Rain" (Steve Noonan, Greg Copeland) - 2:23

"Euphoria" (Robin Remailly) - 1:27

"Melissa" (Jackson Browne) - 2:17

"You Took the Happiness (Out of My Head)" (Russ Regan) - 2:25

"Hard Hearted Hannah" (Jack Yellen, Milton Ager, Robert Wilcox Bigelow, Charles Bates) - 2:10

"Holding" (Jackson Browne) - 2:38

"Song to Jutta" (Bruce Kunkel) - 2:35

"Candy Man" (Rev. Gary Davis) - 2:29

"Dismal Swamp" (John McEuen, William E. McEuen) - 1:55

"I Wish I Could Shimmy Like My Sister Kate" (Armand J. Piron) - 1:50

"Crazy Words, Crazy Tune" (Jack Yellen, Milton Ager) - 1:27

"You're Gonna Get It in the End" (Michael Takamatsu, James Hendricks, Fred Olsen) - 2:28

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Members / Musicians

Bruce Kunkel - Guitar, Kazoo, Washtub Bass

Jeff Hanna - Washboard, Sandblocks, Guitar, Comb, Kazoo, Phinius

Jimmie Fadden - Harmonia, Washtub Bass, Phinius, Kazoo, Cigarette

Ralphy Barr - Guitar, Kazoo, Washtub Bass, bubbles

James SK Wān - Slide Whistle

Les Thompson - Mandolin, Kazoo, Washtub Bass, Phinius

John McEuen - Banjo, Washtub Bass

The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is the 1st album by the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, released in 1967. This album debuted on the U.S. Billboard Top Pop Albums chart on April 8, 1967, peaked at #161, and was on the charts for eight weeks. The single "Buy for Me the Rain" b/w "Candy Man" debuted on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 on April 8, 1967, peaked at #45 on May 6, 1967, and was on the charts for seven weeks. In Canada, the single reached #37 in May 1967.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band is an American country rock band. The group has existed in various forms since its founding in Long Beach, California, in 1966. The band’s membership has had at least a dozen changes over the years, including a period from 1976 to 1981 when the band performed and recorded as the Dirt Band. The band is often cited as instrumental to the progression of contemporary country and roots music.

The band's successes include a cover version of Jerry Jeff Walker's "Mr. Bojangles". Albums include 1972's Will the Circle be Unbroken, featuring such traditional country artists as Mother Maybelle Carter, Earl Scruggs, Roy Acuff, Doc Watson, Merle Travis, and Jimmy Martin. A follow-up album based on the same concept, Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Volume Two was released in 1989, was certified gold, won two Grammys, and was named Album of the Year at the Country Music Association Awards.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Members / Musicians

1967 The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

1967 Ricochet

1968 Rare Junk

1970 Uncle Charlie & His Dog Teddy

1972 All the Good Times

1974 Stars & Stripes Forever

1975 Symphonion Dream

1978 The Dirt Band

1979 An American Dream

1980 Make a Little Magic

1981 Jealousy

1983 Let's Go

1984 Plain Dirt Fashion

1985 Partners, Brothers and Friends

1987 Hold On

1988 Workin' Band

1990 The Rest of the Dream

1992 Not Fade Away

1994 Acoustic

1997 The Christmas Album

1999 Bang, Bang, Bang

2004 Welcome to Woody Creek

2009 Speed of Life


1972 Will the Circle Be Unbroken

1989 Will the Circle Be Unbroken: Volume Two

2002 Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Volume III

Live albums

1969 Alive

1991 Live Two Five

2016 Circlin’ Back: Celebrating 50 Years (CD/DVD)

Compilation albums

1976 Dirt, Silver and Gold

1986 Twenty Years of Dirt

1987 The Best Of

1989 More Great Dirt

1990 Greatest Hits

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