Willis Alan Ramsey is the sole studio release by the Texas songwriter Willis Alan Ramsey. The album's genre is hard to categorize with touches of country, country rock, folk, and folk rock. The tunes range from the reflection and regret of "The Ballad of Spider John" to a heartfelt tribute to Woody Guthrie on "Boy from Oklahoma". It was recorded on Leon Russell's Shelter label in 1972, and Russell sat in on piano, keyboards, and vibraphone
Willis Alan Ramsey (born March 5, 1951) is an American singer/songwriter, a cult legend among fans of Americana and Texas country. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and raised in Dallas, Texas. Ramsey graduated from Highland Park High School in 1969, and was a prominent baritone in the school's Lads and Lassies Choir. In his senior year, he played a leading role in the musical Carousel. He released the critically acclaimed album, Willis Alan Ramsey, in 1972 on the Shelter label.
Part of the mystique that has sprung up around Willis Alan Ramsey's debut album is that he dropped from sight after recording it (due to differences with his record company and a lack of enthusiasm for the realities of the music business), and has yet to release a follow-up, and it's hard to imagine anyone who has heard. it not hoping there's more where this came from. If your recording career was to be contained in a single album, though, you'd be very fortunate if it were as good as Willis Alan Ramsey.
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In 1972, Willis Alan Ramsey released one of the most beloved albums in Texas music history. The album, which featured Ramsey on the cover wearing a tilted-back cowboy hat and a mischievous grin, was passed around pickers circles and college campuses, along with the message "You have to listen to this gu. Despite its appeal, Ramsey's album never spawned a hit. Okay, that's not entirely true.
Despite being a relative unknown, Willis Alan Ramsey was one of the finest singer-songwriters of the 1970s. But his face does not appear within your parents’ record collection alongside James Taylor and Jackson Browne because his 1972 self-titled record the only album he ever recorded.
Willis Alan Ramsey (born March 5, 1951) is an American singer/songwriter, a cult legend among fans of Americana and Texas country. He was born in Birmingham, Alabama and raised in Dallas, Texas. Ramsey graduated from Highland Park High School in 1969, and was a prominent baritone in the school’s Lads and Lassies Choir. He released the critically acclaimed album, Willis Alan Ramsey, in 1972 on the Shelter label
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|A1||The Ballad Of Spider John
Accordion – Nick De Caro*Arranged By [Strings] – Nick De Caro*Guitar, Vocals – Willis Alan*Saxophone – Ernie Watts
Bass, Guitar, Vocals – Willis Alan*Vibraphone, Electric Piano – Leon Russell
|A3||Geraldine And The Honeybee
Drums – Waller CollieHarmonica, Bass, Guitar, Vocals – Willis Alan*
Bass, Vocals – Willis Alan*Drums – Waller CollieElectric Guitar – Robert AbergPiano – Larry Steelman
Guitar, Vocals – Willis Alan*
|A6||Goodbye Old Missoula
Bass – Carl RadleDrums – Jim KeltnerHarmonica, Guitar, Vocals – Willis Alan*Pedal Steel Guitar – Red RhodesPiano – Leon Russell
Bass – Tim DrummondDrums – Kenny ButtreyFiddle – Dusty RhodesGuitar – Eddie HintonGuitar, Vocals – Willis Alan*Piano – John Harris
Guitar, Vocals – Willis Alan*Slide Guitar – Robert Aberg
|B3||Boy From Oklahoma
Bass – Leland SklarDrums – Russ KunkelGuitar, Vocals – Willis Alan*Pedal Steel Guitar – Red Rhodes
Cello – Cathy PruittGuitar, Vocals – Willis Alan*
|B5||Northeast Texas Woman
Band – The BirklettesBand [The Birklettes], Body Percussion [Knees] – Mike SextonBand [The Birklettes], Cowbell – David Ward Band [The Birklettes], Percussion [Bottle] – Robert AbergBand [The Birklettes], Percussion [Carpets & Hallways] – Oblio Band [The Birklettes], Percussion [Coke Crate] – Grant Conch, Terry DodsonBand [The Birklettes], Percussion [South Wall] – Waller CollieBass, Guitar, Vocals – Willis Alan*Drums, Vocals – Waller CollieFiddle – Tim SelfGuitar, Vocals – Charles PerrinoVocals – Mike Sexton
- Record Company – Shelter Recording Company Inc.
- Distributed By – MCA Records, Inc.
- Phonographic Copyright (p) – Shelter Recording Company Inc.
- Copyright (c) – Shelter Recording Company Inc.
- Pressed By – MCA Pressing Plant, Gloversville
- Published By – Wishbone Music
- Recorded At – Beautiful Sounds, Memphis, TN.
- Recorded At – Skyhill Studios
- Recorded At – Sunset Sound
- Recorded At – Brians Studios
- Recorded At – Quadraphonic Sound Studios
- Remixed At – Sunset Sound
- Composed By – Willis Alan Ramsey
- Design – Good Time Graphix
- Engineer [Beautiful Sound Studios] – Bob Potter
- Engineer [Brians Studio] – Robin Hood*
- Engineer [Quadraphonic Studios] – Elliot Mazer
- Engineer [Skyhill Studios] – Peter Nicholls
- Engineer [Sunset Sound Studios] – Wayne Dailey
- Photography By, Artwork – Bill Matthews
- Producer – Denny Cordell, Willis Alan Ramsey
- Remix – Al Schmitt
NotesGloversville pressing with variant typeset from this other similar version.
A1, A5, B3 and B4 recorded at Sunset Sound Studios, Hollywood, California, November 1971
A2 and A6 recorded at Skyhill Studios, Hollywood, California, July 1971
A3, A4 and B2 recorded at Brians Studios, Taylor, Texas, December 1971
B1 recorded at Quadraphonic Studios, Nashville, Tennessee, March 1972
B5 recorded at Beautiful Sound Studios, Memphis, Tennessee, May 1971
℗ 1972 Shelter Recording Co., Inc.
Labels ©1974 Shelter Recording Co., Inc.
Printed in U.S.A.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Matrix / Runout (Side A label): MCA 540
- Matrix / Runout (Side B label): MCA 541
- Matrix / Runout (Side A etched, exc. "⧈-G-⧈" stamped): MCA 540-W1 ⧈-G-⧈
- Matrix / Runout (Side B etched, exc. "⧈-G-⧈" stamped): MCA 541-W1 ⧈-G-⧈
- Price Code: 0698
|SW-8914||Willis Alan Ramsey||Willis Alan Ramsey (LP, Album)||Shelter Records||SW-8914||US||1972|
|KOC-CD-8019||Willis Alan Ramsey||Willis Alan Ramsey (CD, Album, RE)||Koch Records||KOC-CD-8019||US||1999|
|SRZ-8008||Willis Alan Ramsey||Willis Alan Ramsey (CD, Album, RE)||DCC Compact Classics||SRZ-8008||US||1990|
|SW 8914||Willis Alan Ramsey||Willis Alan Ramsey (LP, Album)||Shelter Records||SW 8914||New Zealand||1972|
|SW-8914||Willis Alan Ramsey||Willis Alan Ramsey (LP, Album, Jac)||Shelter Records||SW-8914||US||1972|