A couple of weeks ago I was very lucky to finally pick up this precious item. I had been after this extremely rare 7” single since… well, forever actually, certainly since I’ve collected on Eastwood (since the mid-1970s).
This is the 1962 U.S. DJ white label promotional copy of Clint’s single release on Cameo-Parkways, Cowboy Wedding Song / Rowdy. There’s a nice little back story behind this record too. The unusual thing about this promo sees ‘Cowboy Wedding Song’ as the originally intended A side, with ‘Rowdy’ as the B side. On its eventual release (as a regular single) the titles were reversed with ‘Rowdy’ becoming the A side – which was probably to tie-in more with the popularity of Clint’s Rawhide character.
I’ve never seen one of these for sale in the UK before, and when one does appear (in America) it usually demands quite a high asking price, plus the costly shipping, import duty et al, it just didn’t seem worth the hassle.
However, this one surprisingly popped up recently in the UK and with a buy now price of just £8.
Naturally I pounced and was very happy to at last fill this gap in the Eastwood / Vinyl collection.