#1109: I Am What I Am by Lois Fletcher
In the early sixties Lois Fletcher appeared on a Canadian variety show. This led to some performances at coffee houses in Greenwich Village in New York City. After Randy Sparks of the New Christy Minstrels saw her, she was invited to join his other folk troupe, The Back Porch Majority. Sparks had co-written “Green Green” for the New Christy Minstrels with Barry McGuire. The Back Porch Majority were meant to be a kind of junior league folk group whose stars might get the nod to join the New Christy Minstrels. But the Back Porch Majority outdid themselves releasing six albums and seven singles between 1964 and 1966. Among their very minor hits was “Honey And Wine” written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin, and “That’s The Way It’s Gonna Be”. The latter tune made it to #104, bubbling under the Billboard Hot 100. They performed at the White House for President Lyndon Johnson and First Lady, Ladybird Johnson. Among their troupe were Mike Settle and Kin Varsey who joined with Kenny Rogers to form the First Edition of “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town” fame. Lois Fletcher was another member of the Back Porch Majority who later released several singles. However, her only hit was a 1974 tune called “I Am What I Am”.
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