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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Hitchin' A Ride - Jack Reno

What's The World Coming To
Hitchin' A Ride
Jack Reno
Target T13-1313

I bought this album because I noted the local (for me) freeway sign in the cover photo.

There is a "reproduction" letter printed on the back cover from John Kyl who was a U.S. Congressman from 1967-73 representing the 5th District, Iowa. The letter is addressed to a Cincinnati, Ohio P.O. Box. Basically the letter states that Kyl was glad to know Reno in Davis County, Iowa as a classmate in high school.

The cover photo is credited to Damron of Peoria, Ill. Car Courtesy of Gene Lehmann's Riverside Ford, Newport, KY.

The title track, Hitchin' A Ride charted on American country music charts and can be found on a few compilations, but this album is somewhat obscure.

Reno played with Waylon Jennings and Dolly Parton. He was a music DJ who worked in Cincinnati, Ohio. From his wiki page I found that he passed away of brain cancer in 2008 in Florence, Kentucky. Florence, KY is a city located just south of Cincinnati, Ohio. I found the album in Florence.


  1. A lot of the time obscure artist records are found in areas where they lived because locals bought them or because they lost or had stolen a case of promos, never listened to, which turn up.

    I was in a store in Urbana, Illinois that had the really rare Artie Kornfeld solo LP. Kornfeld was a promoter behind Woodstock who also had put together a hippy dippy group called "The Wind In The Willows". It's classic 1967 hippie-pop remembered today only because a pre-blonde, and pre-Blondie, Debbie Harry was on the front cover and was in the band. The Kornfeld record was in the same style and with some of the same peole, not including Harry.

    But the Kornfeld album was still shrink wrapped. I paid a buck for it and got to talking to the clerk. He said that they had another in the back....also shrink wrapped. It came out soon enough that he had A WHOLE BOX of these things. All unopened. He said that no one had ever even asked about it. He had never bothered to listen to it.

    Next time I was in, he said he had something for me. He went in back and came out with the box of them and told me to take them. Gratis. Seems the music creeped him out really bad! I eventually ebayed the records (this was ten years or more before eBay) for a few bucks each.

    1. Great story! Even though I'm old enough... I didn't start collecting until after the real treasures more or less dried up. Fortunately, even today these "local" pressings still seem to be passed over by the mainstream pickers.


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