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“Greenwich Village Folk Song Salesman”: Nancy, Lee & Tom T.

I love how much fun Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood are having while they sing, audibly evident just 13 seconds into this song.  And Lee isn’t kidding when Nancy queries him about a lyric in the middle of the performance, and he replies, “I don’t know, I didn’t write the song” — that would be Tom T. Hall:

Greenwich Village Folk Salesman

Nancy Sinatra & Lee Hazlewood (1968)

This song was included on 1968’s Nancy & Lee Reprise album for which Billy Strange arranged and conducted, and Hazlewood wrote (50%) & produced (100%).

Greenwich Village Folk Song Salesman” (originally written for Jim and Jesse, who released a 45 in December 1967) remained strictly an album track for Nancy & Leeexcept in Germany, where it served as the B-side to “Elusive Dreams” in May 1969.

Greenwich Village Folk Song Salesman 45

Is “Greenwich Village Folk Song Salesman” a veiled reference to one of Tom T. Hall’s songwriting peers (e.g., Fred Neil, – see comment from “Blah” below)?  Quite possibly.


Alternate LP cover

Globe Records

sole release?

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