Artist: Don Bowman
Title: Funny Way to Make an Album
Genre: Country
Release Date: 1966
Duration: 00:28:40
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Label: RCA/Legacy

Don Bowman was an American country music singer, songwriter, comedian and radio host. He recorded for RCA Victor between 1964 and 1970. In 1966, Bowman won Favorite Country Comedy Recording of the Year award from Billboard. In 1967, he was named Comedian of the Year by the Country Music Association.

Country humorist Don Bowman didn’t have many hit singles, but he had a few charting albums and, in later years, found a following among certain quarters of the Dr. Demento crowd. It is tempting (and convenient) to compare Bowman to his better-known contemporaries Roger Miller and Homer & Jethro, and, in a way, Bowman’s style falls somewhere between those two acts. He concentrates on original songs like Miller, but his cornball humor and occasional song parodies are similar to Homer & Jethro’s. In any case, Bowman’s distinctive voice and wacky wit combined to make some crazy country music. On Funny Way to Make an Album, Bowman acknowledges Miller with a rendition of “Kansas City Star” and offers a tribute to songwriter Harlan Howard with “Dear Harlan Howard” (a minor hit and a follow-up of sorts to his 1964 single “Chet Atkins Make Me a Star”). “Things Are Looking Up” is a hilarious ode to getting drunk, and “Little Diesel Drivin’ Devil” is Bowman’s contribution to truckin’ music. “The Other Ringo” is a parody of Lorne Greene’s “Ringo” with new lyrics about the Beatles’ drummer. Bowman alternates between songs and recitations, all of which range from funny to strange. Bowman’s peculiar brew may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but he’s undeniably talented.


  1. Dear Harlan Howard – 2:22
  2. The Other Ringo – 2:42
  3. I Get the Feeling We’re Through – 2:45
  4. Dear Sister – 1:54
  5. That’s Show Biz – 1:57
  6. Little Diesel Drivin’ Devil – 2:16
  7. Things Are Looking Up – 2:19
  8. More Than Me – 2:22
  9. Kansas City Star – 1:56
  10. Freddy Four Toes – 2:42
  11. Boll Weevil Air Lines – 2:43
  12. Freda on the Freeway – 2:48