The Adventures of the Laughing Policeman Charles Penrose Columbia Records (UK) This song is credited to Mabel Anderson under the pseudonym Billie Grey, but the music and melody come from The Laughing Song, recorded by George W. Johnson in 1898. The song was first recorded as The Laughing Policeman by Charles Penrose under the pseudonym Charles Jolly in 1922. That version was released on Regal Records. A second version, the most common of the two, was recorded in 1926 and released on Columbia Records. In 1957 it was released on the EP The Adventures of The Laughing Policeman. Ringo Starr bought a copy of the single in 1955 which was most likely the 1935 re-release with Laughter And Lemons on the B-side.
Cops and Convicts
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“Country Hits” Vocal by Reb Allen
“I Am An Ex-Convict From A Florida Chain Gang” All songs written and sung by Floyd McClellan Sagitario Records (1978) Side One: Title track and “Last Train to the Gallows” Side Two: “Toll Bridge of My Heart”, “Moon Intrigue”, “Highway of Loneliness”, “If I Owned the World”, “Truckdriver’s Prayer”, “Rebel Superstar”, “Ironworker” and “I just Closed the Door on Love”
From the Liner Notes:
“This record album tells the true story of my prison life in the Florida State Penitentiary in the late ’40’s. Convicted for the crime of armed robbery, I was sentenced to serve seven years in a Florida Chain Gang. The songs that you will hear in this album are some that I wrote while I was in prison. They portray the brutalities and atrocities that I endured during that time.
I was born in the state of Florida and was in the United States Army and the U.S. Merchant Marines during World War II. At this time I am married to a lovely woman, Carol, and have a three year-old son David.”
– Thank you, Floyd McClellan (Ex-convict)
“Soul of a Convict and other great prison Songs” Porter Wagoner RCA Victor 1966. Living in Stereo has this nice post about Porter funeral service.
and sing along:
(Will he take the soul of a convict could I be one of those he choosed)
I was taught the Bible from childhood at my mother’s knee I learned to pray
I was taught of God and all his goodness and the devil and his evil ways
There’s good in the bad and bad in the good and there’s none that’s free from sin
But there’s some questions I’ve wondered about
What happens to the men who die in the pen
Just imagine yourself the judge God Almighty as you gaze over all these men
When death takes its toll what becomes of the soul of the men who die in the pen
Do you think of God that’s true and just could look from his heavenly throne
And be pleased to see men placed in chains and stripes
And tucked from their loved ones at home
Worked until they’re completely exhuasted and your soul cries out in vain
Fed like a hog and treated like a dog and at night to the bed you’re chained
Worked from sunup to sundown through all kinds of weather
And if you don’t do the things just right you get introduced to the leather
Now you see it’s not the pain I mind so much as I’m stretched out on the floor
It’s just the thought that I can’t do my part that’s what breaks my heart
You see I’m just not man enough anymore
Oh there are a lotta other things I could tell you that you’d marvel at and say
Why I didn’t know in those modern times they treated men that way but they do
That’s why I ask you do you think that God could turn with a sneer and frown
At the men who die in the pen do you think he’ll turn us down
I believe there’s a heaven and a hell and in God I put my trust
That’s why I’m askin’ these questions I believe he’s true and just
And I just imagine he’ll tell me as we meet at the golden stairs
Hell’s not just meant for some of the men who die in the pen
But for some who have mistreated them there
You see we’re payin’ for the mistakes we made in our sins
As we’ve had our troubles in life
Because we’re the underdogs of humanity and surely God won’t make us pay twice
I believe on that Day of Judgement he’ll have this convict called in
And he’ll say it’s true hell’s not for you you had your hell in the pen
“A little bit of LATIN, and a little bit of JAZZ” Ronnie Neuman at the Padded Cell. Rare Latin Jazz lp on Soma Records. The Padded Cell was a Minneapolis nightclub and restaurant known for it’s charburger and experimental jazz. This cover was featured in the “Incredibly Strange Music” books.
Word Records presents “The Addicts Sing” (Nine former addicts)
Canadian professional wrestler Sweet Daddy Siki (aka “Mr. Irresistable”) “Squares off with Country Music” Canadian Arc Label. The black, Gorgeous George of his day.
Bob Crane was an LA Dj, accomplished drummer, actor, tv star and porn addict. He did it all.