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Allen & Grier - Better To Be Rich Than Ethnic 1963

On: Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Allen (Jake Holmes)
Birth name
Dec 28 1939 -

Grier (Kay Holmes)
Katherine Holmes
Official Site

Allen & Grier is a folk rock parody duo that in 1963 released the comedy album Better To Be Rich Than Ethnic on Vee Jay Records. The duo consisted of musician Jake Holmes as Allen and his wife Katherine "Kay" Holmes as Grier. The two met at Bennington College and decided to write songs that mocked the popular folk music of the time. The result was an album that, according to interviews Jake Holmes has given, earned the pair the label "the most tasteless folk group ever" from Pete Seeger. ~Source Wikipedia
Jake is original author of the song "Dazed and Confused" popularized by Led Zeppelin (there's a lawsuit over that ~JimG), and for composing the US Army recruitment jingle "Be All That You Can Be" in the late 1970s. The jingle and subsequent advertising campaign was used extensively by the US government throughout the 1980s. Holmes also co-wrote the famous "Be a Pepper" for soft drink multinational corporation Dr Pepper Snapple Group. ~Source Wikipedia Jake Holmes

01 Teenage Mother

02 Counterman's Lament
03 Basketball Bill
04 It's Better to Be Rich Than Ethnic
05 Hyena Baby
06 Hippety Hop
07 Snoot Full of Snow

08 Grapefruits
09 Ballad of the Camping Woodcutters
10 Lonesome Traveler
11 Celebrities Cake Walk
12 Earth Angel

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