I recently had the pleasure of unpacking a CD of Jaime Brockett’s 1968 album Remember the Wind and the Rain.
Boston folkie Jaime Brockett became an underground radio sensation with his epic ballad ‘Legend of the U.S.S. Titanic’, which updated the old Leadbelly song about how black prizefighter Jack Johnson had been denied passage on the Titanic because of his race to offer an, er, alternative explanation as to why the ocean liner sank (the captain and first mate were high from smoking hemp rope)! (Collector’s Choice Music)
But, to a 14 year old boy listening to Clyde Clifford’s Beaker Street on late night KAAY out of Little Rock, Arkansas, it was an essential part of growing up in rural Kansas in the late 1960s/early 1970s without feeling like you were trapped in rural Kansas in the late 1960s/early 1970s. You couldn’t get the signal until the stronger local stations went off the air.
Back when stations went ‘off the air.’
The only comparable song I can think of is Alice’s Restaurant. But, like the asterisk on the original label cautioned, “audition before airplay.” It was Nixon’s Amerika after all
I got it from Collector’s Choice Music, but it turns out that it is more widely available.