The Legend-News

Monday, 1999 November 29 : Volume 2, Number 47

New McCall?
Well, new to us, away. Bradyn Breon-Drish informed us last Friday, on the Other Wild Places mailing list,

Today, I received a C.W. single which I have not seen anywhere before. It is titled "Pine Tar Wars".

The record label is "American Fan Records", out of Kansas City. Side 2 is "Little Boy's Hero", sung by Larry Stewart, but that doesn't really matter to this list :). There is no exact date, but it came out sometime during, or after, 1983, as the subject of the song is the famous George Brett pine tar incident (which happened on July 24, 1983).

Has anyone else heard of this record? I can't think that I am the only one.

Now "Larry Stewart" was easy to track down: he's a country singer. But I couldn't find any information on his song "Little Boy's Hero". Must have been a really big seller. :) And the title "Pine Tar Wars" has never appeared anywhere in my searches for C.W. McCall-related items. I guess that not everything is on the Internet yet. As for "American Fan Records", I can't locate any such organization, although RealNames does produce American Gramaphone as a hit if you search for "american fan records".

A few of Bradyn's copies have already been claimed. If you're interested, you can reach him at <>.

Also, A.D. Vowels says that he's heard of it, and that "...hundreds are available..." and he can get them.

That Darn Duck
Yet again, a picture of the "Rubber Duck" hood ornament from the motion picture "Convoy".

Truck with the Duck, and he'll pull your plug

John Billings is producing these copies from the original molds. If you'd like one, the cost is $65.00 plus $6.00 shipping. They can be ordered from

Billings Artworks
P.O. Box 257
Ridgway, CO 81432

Checks or money orders, please. No credit cards.

Big Ed. Is Watching
Mike Madonna did not "mess up" this week. He did indeed play "Comin' Back For More" on the 28 November edition of Brain Sandwich, plus Sheeler & Sheeler's "Car Phone" and "Phantom Windbreaker" by Red Bovine. Yes, Mike, we're even.

St. Louis Brain Sandwich is broadcast on KDHX-FM, St. Louis, Missouri, on Sunday afternoons between 4:00 and 6:00 P.M. Central Time. KDHX is simulcast on the Web; you can find a link on their web page, or you can go directly to You'll need RealPlayer to listen.

You can get anything you want at Brain Sandwich Restaurant...

Surfin' With The Rubber Duck
In anticipation of one day getting a chance to interview Bill Fries and Chip Davis, I'm compiling a list of questions. No, not such brain-dead fanboy dreck as "What's your favorite song?"; something substantial, as "Was 'Wolf Creek Pass' influenced by Harry Chapin's '30,000 Pounds Of Bananas', or was Harry influenced by 'Wolf Creek Pass'?"

Song A’ Th’ Week
By today you've probably grown weary of the constant assaults made upon you by Yuletide hucksters. Settle back, calm down, pop a cold one, and relax. It's not over yet.

Mountains On My Mind

(C.W. McCall, Bill Fries, Chip Davis)
From the album Black Bear Road.