"One of the very greatest and sought-after bass singers in the gospel field."--Jerry Moss
George McCurn was a member of the Pilgrim Travelers. Sam Cooke had also been a member of that group. Because Herb Alpert had worked with Cooke, it is likely that is how he met McCurn. Alpert and his partner Lou Adler produced a single by McCurn for Liberty Records that was released in 1961 or early 1962. The single was "The Time Has Come" written by Sam Cooke and "Your Daughter's Hand" by Alpert, Adler and McCurn.
The track "I'm Just a Country Boy" was A&M Records first use of strings. The single was released in late January 1963 with Jerry Moss personally promoting it.
COUNTRY BOY GOES TO TOWN SESSIONOGRAPHY
|JANUARY 10, 1963
|I'm Just a Country Boy
My Little Corner Of the World
|MARCH 27, 1963
Goodnight, My Love
A Hundred Pounds Of Clay
How's the World Treating You
At the End Of a Rainbow
|APRIL 10, 1963
|God Bless the Child
Snap Your Fingers
He'll Have to Go
The "I'm a Country Boy" single was a Billboard regional hit in Buffalo, NY, Seattle, WA and San Francisco, CA. It also showed strength in Pittsburgh, PA.
Follow-up single "When the Wind Blows" was given moderate sales potential by Billboard.
- Billboard, February 16, 1963; February 25, 1963, March 26, 1963, March 30, 1963 and November 9, 1963.