May 27

In my mid-1980’s to early 1990’s life I listened to a lot of FM Album Oriented Rock stations. One feature of these stations that I loved was the giveaway contests.

I won several LPs during those contests… Starship, Billy Ocean, Julian Lennon are a few I remember.

But there were others, too. Lesser known artists, with the record companies trying to generate excitement (and airplay) by giving their records away.

The defining feature of these giveaways was a gold stamp stating “For Promotion Only” over the barcode on the record jacket:

One of these surviving “Promo” record in The Collection is Billy Burnette ‎– Try Me:

This 1985 rockabilly-ish release was one I dubbed to cassette and played quite a bit. It has some good songs penned by Burnette and an interesting cover of The Letter (a la the Box Tops).

Some great players on here too, Steve Cropper, Mick Fleetwood and Christine McVie to name a few. These Fleetwood Mac contacts paid off for Burnette a few years later when Burnette was invited to join Fleetwood Mac to replace Lindsey Buckingham on tour in 1987. The Mac album Behind the Mask featured Burnette on guitar and included some Burnette penned tunes as well.

Re-listening to this record 30 years on, it is dated by some funky synth parts but is still a fun, dumb rock record.

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