The first game of the big league baseball season is
tonight. Not that I care. It is as good an excuse as any, though, to give away
some Dizzy Dean/ Rico Petrocelli split 7” singles. Willimantic
Records is open noon to 5pm today (Easter Sunday). Buy anything and
receive a free Dizzy/Rico record. Limit one per customer.
One side features Dizzy Dean singing about how you don’t need to
be a country bumpkin to appreciate both country and western music. The
flipside has Boston’s Rico Petrocelli drumming along to “The Impossible
Dream (from Man of La Mancha)” accompanied by the Red Sox organist. The
Diz last played pro ball in 1947. His appearance on a record
commemorating the 1967 Series makes about as much sense as his
appearance on any record at all.
The cut and paste packaging of
Diz & Rico’s split single is goofy through and through. The
photocopied insert reprints excerpts from an old Rico Petrocelli comic
book and a couple of Dizzy Dean’s cereal ads battling ‘Limey’ for Grape