It\'s Great to Be a Lion Man - RARE petroleum co. 1960\'s INDUSTRIAL MUSICAL For Sale

It\'s Great to Be a Lion Man - RARE petroleum co. 1960\'s INDUSTRIAL MUSICAL


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It\'s Great to Be a Lion Man - RARE petroleum co. 1960\'s INDUSTRIAL MUSICAL:
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If you\'ve seen \"Bathtubs Over Broadway\" or read \"Everything\'s Coming Up Profits,\" you know that private pressing \"industrial musical\" souvenir albums are some of the rarest and weirdest records in existence. These motivational musicals were only for dealers, salesmen, distributors and other industry insiders at sales meetings and conventions, and the souvenir vinyl records were not available to the public. And many of these shows boasted outstanding music and performances along with the bizarre corporate subject matter.I\'m the collector and historian profiled in the documentary \"Bathtubs Over Broadway,\" and the co-author of \"Everything\'s Coming Up Profits - The Golden Age of Industrial Musicals.\" I\'m thinning out my stash of duplicates, and offering an assortment of records that range from the scarce, to the very rare, to the \"you\'ll probably never encounter this again.\"
Here\'s a very scarce one that\'s NOT in the book -- a circa early to mid 60\'s 7\" 33 rpm record titled \"It\'s Great to Be a Lion Man,\" a souvenir of a Lion Oil sales meeting for the company\'s gas station owners. Lion is little remembered now, but the company had nearly 2000 service stations in the south by the 50\'s into the 60\'s, before the brand faded from view under new corporate owner Monsanto. This uncredited show is quite charming, with some tongue in cheek humor and clearly-not-for-the-public songs. \"Anybody Seen My Kitty\" is a saccharine number sung by a woman that abruptly ends with a loud lion roar, \"I\'m an Independent Man\" and the title track tout the rugged individualist benefits of being an independent operator under the Lion umbrella, \"Knock on Doors\" is a call to go after more business in the community (complete with sound effects), and \"Keep Your Rest Rooms Clean\" is a plea to combat that eternal gas station problem... with an amusing reliance on words like \"grit\" and \"sit\" rather than a rhyming word with an h.
This copy has surface scratches and plays with noise but no skips. All the bizarre entertainment value is intact. The original sleeve has been replaced by a generic 7\" sleeve, but since the original was just red text of \"It\'s Great To Be A Lion Man\" on a white background, you\'re not missing much. Even my primary copy doesn\'t have the original sleeve. Maybe most of them were pressed into service to clean restrooms.
A great prize for collectors of rare petroliana as well as industrial show enthusiasts.Check out my other listings for many more killer examples of this deliciously strange and secret slice of American musical and corporate history, as well as an assortment of other miscellaneous weird records from my hoard. Buyers of multiple records get a break on shipping charges.


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