Narrow-minded hypocrisy courtesy of Roy Clark’s ‘Do You Believe This Town’

Decked out in a dark gray striped suit, Roy Clark clings to a Gibson Byrdland sunburst hollow body electric guitar for the cover of “Urban, Suburban: The Fantastic Guitar of Roy Clark,” distributed in June 1968 as the musician’s ninth album and debut on Dot Records. The all-instrumental project sold moderately well, charting at No. 43 C&W. Photography by Jerry White / Universal Music Group / Discogs user “Road Worrier”

Do You Believe This Town [Lyrics]

A dizzying silhouette of Roy Clark mapping out a guitar solo became the cover of “Do You Believe This Roy Clark,” a play on the No. 53 C&W title cut released in October 1968 on Dot Records. Clark’s 10th album, the follow-up to “Urban, Suburban,” charted slightly better at No. 34 C&W. Photography by Jerry White / Universal Music Group / Discogs users “Avenette” and “WolfXCIX”
The rear LP jacket of the 12-song “Do You Believe This Roy Clark,” produced by Joe Allison. Among the tracks are a Johnny Cash cover [“I Still Miss Someone”], Waylon Jennings’ then-recent stomper “Only Daddy That’ll Walk the Line,” and Eddy Arnold’s “Make the World Go Away.” Photography by Jerry White / Universal Music Group / Discogs users “Avenette” and “WolfXCIX”
Joe Nixon and Charlie Williams composed Roy Clark’s “Do You Believe This Town,” produced by Joe Allison with Harold Bradley of the esteemed Nashville A-Team aiding Clark in the acoustic guitar department. Here is the official 45 single dropped by Dot Records in July 1968. Image Credit: 45Cat user “Shoestring” / Universal Music Group
Distributed in February 1971 by Dot Records, “The Best of Roy Clark” was the rural TV comedian’s second hits compilation [Capitol’s “Roy Clark’s Greatest!” holds the debut distinction]. The 11-song LP, with “Do You Believe This Town” sequenced as track three, landed snugly in the Billboard C&W Top Twenty [No. 15] and experienced a little pop action, too [No. 176]. Photography by Gabbi Rona / Universal Music Group / Discogs user “Trachi”

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