Mike Reid’s Bengal Ballad

I remember as a young Cincinnati Bengals fan what a brain-tickling proposition it was to have an NCAA All-American and All-Pro NFL defensive lineman who, when out of uniform, would play the piano with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and how this activity amusingly defied expectations of manly behavior in a manly era (this was around the same time that Rosie Grier revealed himself to be a knitting enthusiast).   I am, of course, referring to number 74, Mike Reid, who would leave football to become a top songwriter in Nashville, penning “Stranger in My House” for Ronnie Milsap and co-writing “I Can’t Make You Love Me” for Bonnie Raitt, among many other hits.

According to the person who posted this song on YouTube, “A Time for Peace” was “recorded in 1971 [when] Mike Reid was still playing football for the Cincinnati Bengals.    The song was produced by long-time Cincinnati recording facility owner and music producer Shad O’Shea”:

“A Time for Peace”     Mike Reid     1971

Randy McNutt, author of The Cincinnati Sound and King Records of Cincinnati, confirms that the song was originally released on Counterpart and then, guess what?  “Laurie leased it and re-issued it,” says McNutt, “It wasn’t a hit, but it was a good record.  Shad had a small orchestra on it!”

Mike ReidOddly, no images of this Mike Reid 45 (neither Counterpart nor Laurie) can be found online – clearly this is a forgotten song … but no longer.