Songs You May Have Missed #26


Bill Cosby: “Grover Henson Feels Forgotten” (1970)

“Grover Henson Feels Forgotten”, which charted at #70 in 1970, didn’t appear on any of Bill Cosby’s comedy albums, and would have been sorely out-of-place if it had. With this one he wasn’t going for a laugh, he was trying for tears. It’s a spoken word piece in a musical setting that tells the tale of a lonely soldier. Timely in terms of the Vietnam war, it was also typical of the kind of sentimental (maudlin?) performance the pop charts of the 60’s and 70’s were sprinkled with (see: “Seasons In The Sun”).

Having been released only as a single at the time it’s fairly rare today, appearing only on the At His Best compilation, sandwiched between comedy routines, of course. You’d think at least they’d have known to sequence it as the last track and avoided a mood swing listening experience. (As I’ve written before, not everyone knows how to do a reissue compilation.)

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