“A Front Row Seat To Hear Old Johnny Sing” was written by Shel Silverstein and it was laced with some low key humour which made it palatable. Mr. Silverstein had numerous hits around the world, with other people or groups releasing his songs, although he was an adept musician himself.
Shel Silverstein collaborated heavily with Bob Gibson, Bobby Bare, Dr. Hook, Waylon Jennings, Mel Tillis, Jerry Reed, Irish Rovers, Smothers Brothers, Johnny Cash and Loretta Lynn. His discography includes: Sylvia’s Mother, A Couple More Years, Cover Of The Rolling Stone, One's on the Way, The Unicorn, Wreck of the Old '49, A Boy Named Sue, Put Another Log On The Fire…Shel did the work on the 1970 Ned Kelly Motion Picture Soundtrack with songs that featured Waylon Jennings, Mick Jagger, Kris Kristofferson, and Tom Ghent.
The shortest song ever to be issued on a 7” disc has to be Shel Silverstein's “26 second song”. It had the original version of “A Front Row Seat To Hear Old Johnny Sing”on the flip.
The “26-second song” lyrics go:
All the DJ's keep complaining the tunes run much too long,
So I went out and wrote myself a 26-second song.
“A Front Row Seat To Hear Old Johnny Sing” was also released on the vinyl album Chartstoppers Vol.3 which you can find at another blog site for these K-Tel style vinyl albums. (See my links section for K-Tel Albums And More).
Here is the link to a very pristine copy of “A Front Row Seat To Hear Old Johnny Sing” done by a Midoztouch contributor called Numbat. (See my links section for Midoztouch).