Rumor and Sigh: An Appreciation of Richard Thompson's Solo Albums
Jun 24, 2022 by Daniel de Visé
Fifty years ago, in June 1972, Richard Thompson released his first solo album, the magnificent Henry the Human Fly. It sounded like a record of British folk standards, but Richard had written the songs himself.
Several lazy months later, Warner Brothers issued Henry the Human Fly in the States. A handful of folkie "weirdos" – Richard's term – snatched up copies. It may be the poorest-selling record in Warner history.
"As rare as hen's teeth," Richard said, in an interview with AllMusic. "Promoted zero, and not a suitable record for the American audience, really, because it's far too parochial, far too British. Worst-selling ever, in which I take great pride."
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