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  • Audio CD (February 10, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • ASIN: B0000EWO3M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #590,409 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Howdy
2. Bonaparte's Retreat
3. You Are My Sunshine
4. Tennessee Walking Horse
5. Cold, Cold Heart
6. Everything's Okay
7. Your Cheatin' Heart
8. Countryfied
9. Keep A-Thinkin' Pretty
10. Dear Hearts And Gentle People
11. Don't Rob Another Man's Castle
12. Men With Broken Hearts

Editorial Reviews

Of course Buddy Ebsen is best-known for his role as Jed Clampett on the Beverly Hillbillies television program, which ran for nine seasons on the CBS-TV network beginning in September of 1962. Although Says Howdy (1965) was the only long-player that Ebsen released, the veteran stage and screen actor had been an ASCAP staff songwriter in the late 1940s and early 1950s prior to becoming a household name in the Fess Parker-led cast of Walt Disney's Davy Crockett. While the songs that Ebsen chose for the project are chock full of classic country music standards, the syrupy sweet arrangements and prominent backing vocal chorales sadly date the material, and ultimately denigrate Ebsen's performance -- not that he is Sinatra, or even trying to be. With lyrics such as those featured in the opener -- "Howdy, howdy/looks like it might get cloudy/But come right in/The coffee pot is hot" -- no one will mistake him for "ol' blue eyes." However, there is a distinct warmth and cozy charm woven into his interpretations of well-worn pop standards such as "Bonaparte's Retreat," "You Are My Sunshine," or any one of the five Hank Williams' covers that provide nearly half of the album's track list. Especially worthwhile are Williams' whimsical "Countrified," and "Everything's Okay," as well as the oddly somber "Men With Broken Hearts," which closes the disc on a decidedly down note. There are a few numbers that almost typify the homespun persona that Ebsen pulled off so effortlessly. Primary among these are Eddy Arnold's chart-topper "Don't Rob Another Man's Castle," the sweet "Keep A-Thinkin' Pretty," and Jimmy Bond's "Tennessee Walking Horse." In 2003, Collectors' Choice Music issued Says Howdy on CD sporting newly inked liner notes, as well as reproductions of the original LP jacket. ~ Lindsay Planer, Rovi

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Darlene L. Quinn on March 2, 2007
Format: Audio CD
When I laid eyes on the previous review, I couldn't wait to write my own.

Buddy was a man of many talents. He was one of the most beloved actors of stage, motion pictures, and TV for many decades. He was also a phenomenal dancer, and accomplished artist--his oil paintings were giant steps above the usual celebrity art. He wrote plays, poetry, a non-fiction book about his sailing adventurers, his autobiography, and two novels. Sizzling Cold Case, a Barnaby Jones novel, which I had the honor of completing for him, after he was taken from us in July of 2003 at the age of 95. Buddy wrote the music as well as the lyrics for most of the songs on this album. His somewhat gravely voice adds character and enchantment to this album. Attempting to summarize Buddy's numerous talents I get lost in a sea of adjectives. Therefore, I'd suggest you listen to this delightful album filled with the emotion that made this man a charismatic star across our nation and abroad.
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As a long time fan of The Beverly Hillbillies, I was happily surprised when I found this Buddy Ebsen CD recently on Amazon. I knew that the album was originally released as an LP by Reprise in the summer of 1965 but I was never able to find one in mint condition...so I bought the CD. It's really wonderful! The title track "Howdy" is probably the best vocal that Buddy ever sang, it's got a real 1960s Nashville Sound-Countrypolitan feel and the lyrics are sincere and warm making you feel that you'd like to have Buddy for a friendly neighbor. "Dear Hearts and Gentle People" is another fine version by Buddy and the last track "Men With Broken Hearts" is a little dark but none the less interesting. Buddy was a fan of Hank Williams and so a total of five Williams tunes are sung on this album. The orchestrations, in my opinion, are great...especially if you like the Nashville Sound of the mid to late 1960s with lush strings, a female chorus back up and less honky tonk sound than country music of a decade earlier.
I'll add that if you enjoy the Chet Atkins, Eddy Arnold, Floyd Cramer and Glen Campbell Nashville Sound from that brief era from 1966 to about 1970 as much as I do then you'll probably like Buddy Ebsen Says Howdy. Y'all come back now. Hear?
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Heering on April 4, 2006
Format: Audio CD
"Everybody's Favorite Hillbilly" goes a-shootin' at some tunes, and up from his throat comes a-bubblin' crud. In tackling a passel of country classics, such as "You are My Sunshine" and "Your Cheatin' Heart", Ebsen finds it harder to hold a note than to hang onto a greased possum. But what really does him in is the musical accompaniment by the inappropriately named Pleasant Williams and the Tennessee Sunshine Singers. If he were backed up by a simple string band (perhaps his old pals Flatt & Scruggs), Ebsen's phelgmatic croak would at least sound authentically rustic. But Williams drowns him in the lush strings and sugary choruses dictated by the horrid "countrypolitan" style that plauged Nashville in the 1960s. The arrangements completely overwhelm the down-home simplicity that was Ebsen's major assett, leaving the listener no choice but to judge him solely on his singin' ability. That may work for Eddy Arnold, but not Buddy Ebsen. True, before he bacame Uncle Jed, Ebsen had a long career in musicals. And one listen to this CD will demonstrate conclusively why he became a dancer.
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