When I started getting into oddio, my friend Benari sent me a link to the 365 Days Project. From there I found April Winchell. And FMU after that. And now I are riting for them! (And since I'm sucking up, thanks to Derek at Here It Wow for getting me here) April is where I first listened Little Markie and Little Marcy and cringed to Tiny Tot Calvin sing A Cowboy for Jesus. April is the person that first introduced me to the phrase "CAUTION CHILDREN SINGING". So let me thank her with not one christian child singing but a whole bunch of recently converted Korean christian children singing America The Beautiful with there adorable reversals of "r" and "l".
This comes off an album called Billy James Hargis' Korean Guys and Dolls. I can find no real discrenable reason for this title. Produced in 1970, It bears no relation whatsoever to to the stage show/movie. In fact, there's not a single show tune on the album. It's 60% hymns, 15% traditional Korean folks songs an 15% Americana.
Quick Quiz! Here's the track list for side two in no particular order. What I'm looking for is the last song on the album. Bonus points if you get everything in the right order
How Great Thou Art
America The Beautiful
My Jesus Thou Wilt
Battle Hymn of the Republic
He Hideth My Soul
Down in the Valley
In the Garden
I'm so tempted to post the answer tomorrow but that seems horribly unfair. The answer is
Turns out, he kinda was.
Billy James Hargis (and here, I need to quote Benari in admitting that "google has replaced knowledge") not only helped establish the modern Religious Right movement (John Birch member, segregationist, MLK's a commies - ya know: old skool) but also laid the groundwork for one of its greatest leaders. That's right - Ted Haggard. A year or so after this album came out, Hargis found himself booted out of the college he founded for alledged sexual misconduct with both male and female students. Oh, and alledgedly with the youth choir he founded too. (SFX: Laughing trombone)
Hm. Maybe that's why he went with "Billy James Hargis' Korean Guys and Dolls". That makes the posessive use of Hargis in the title even creepier.
Thanks, again, April.