From the Stacks

From The Stacks: Leroy Pullins, ‘Funny Bones & Hearts’

Leroy Pullins is all kinds of talent. It says so right there on the back cover.

Kentucky-born Pullins released two albums of country/comedy songs back in the ’60s. Country comedy had a pretty good run for a while there: Ray Stevens, Mel Tillis, Jim Stafford, Sheb Wooley. Heck, even tracks like Johnny Paycheck’s “Take This Job and Shove It” might qualify.

Pullins had a top 20 country hit with “I’m A Nut” off of his debut album of the same name, but that was it. One would think “The Interstate Is Coming Through My Outhouse” would’ve been a smash, but the country comedy gods are fickle beasts. What’s a guy to do when his sophomore album bombs? I can tell you what Pullins did: He quit the music business and moved back to Kentucky, where he signed on as a fireman. Apparently he died of a heart attack at age 44.

But listen: We all know why we’re really here. I’m not even going to bother deconstructing it. What could I possibly tell you that your eyes haven’t already noticed? Yes, it’s a towering monument, a stunning example of the genre, a fine addition. Please welcome Leroy Pullins to the Bad Album Cover Hall of Fame.


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