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Billy Swan – I Can Help
(Monument Records  1974  SMNT80615)
Matrix No’s: A1/B1 – UK Pressing

Sleeve in Nr MINT condition
– some slight wear to edges

Vinyl in Nr MINT condition

William Lance “Billy” Swan (born May 12, 1942) is an American Country singer-songwriter, best known for his 1974 single, “I Can Help”.

Swan was born in Cape Girardeau, Missouri. As a child, he learned drums, piano and guitar, and began writing songs. His first big break was in 1962 when Clyde McPhatter recorded “Lover Please”, a song written by Swan when he was in a local band called Mirt Mirly & the Rhythm Steppers who had first recorded the song on Bill Black’s Louis label. McPhatter’s version quickly became a No. 7 pop hit.

Swan moved to Memphis to work with Black, but this was cut short with Black’s illness and subsequent death in 1965. He also for a time worked on Elvis Presley’s Graceland estate. He then moved to Nashville, which enabled him to write hit country songs for numerous artists, including Conway Twitty, Waylon Jennings, and Mel Tillis. In 1969, Swan first took on the role of record producer, producing Tony Joe White’s Top Ten hit “Polk Salad Annie”. Swan also played bass guitar for Kris Kristofferson and then signed a solo recording deal with Monument Records.

His first album included the song “I Can Help”, a rockabilly number that topped the Billboard Hot 100 as well as the US and Canadian country charts in 1974, also becoming a hit in many other countries. Swan recorded the song in two takes (without overdubs) with an RMI organ that Kristofferson and singer Rita Coolidge had bought for him as a wedding gift. However, other albums with Monument, A&M, and Epic did not have nearly the success of his first.

In 1979, Swan traveled to Havana, Cuba, to participate in the historic Havana Jam festival that took place between March 2–4, alongside Stephen Stills, the CBS Jazz All-Stars, the Trio of Doom, Fania All-Stars, Weather Report, Bonnie Bramlett, Mike Finnegan, Kris Kristofferson, Rita Coolidge, and Billy Joel, plus an array of Cuban artists such as Irakere, Pacho Alonso, Tata Güines, and Orquesta Aragón. His performance is captured on Ernesto Juan Castellanos’s documentary Havana Jam ’79.[citation needed]

Swan continued to tour as a member of Kristofferson’s band and recorded with Randy Meisner of The Eagles. In 1986 he walked into a California studio (Bench Records) as part of a band called Black Tie and along with Meisner, Jimmy Griffin († 2005) (Bread), David Kemper (drummer), David Miner, and David Mansfield recorded an album called When the Night Falls. He recorded another solo album, Like Elvis Used to Do in 2000, and another Black Tie-style album with Meisner and Charlie Rich, Jr. billed as “Meisner, Swan & Rich”. As of 2005, Swan remained a backing singer and session musician.


A1 Lover Please

Written-By – B. Swan*

A2 I Can Help

Written-By – B. Swan*

A3 I’m Her Fool

Written-By – B. Swan*, D. Linde*

A4 I’d Like To Work For You

Written-By – B. Swan*

A5 Shake, Rattle And Roll

Written-By – Charles E. Calhoun*

B1 Queen Of My Heart

Written-By – B. Whitehead*, B. Swan*

B2 Don’t Be Cruel (Slow Version)

Written-By – Elvis Presley, Otis Blackwell

B3 Wedding Bells

Written-By – C. Boone*

B4 Ways Of A Woman In Love

Written-By – Bill Justis, Charlie Rich

B5 P.M.S. (Post Mortem Sickness)

Written-By – B. Swan*, Dulin Lancaster


Weight 1.00000000 kg


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