Back in 1961, a singer named Frankie Lane released an album of Western songs titled "Hell Bent for Leather". Far away from the American West, in South Africa, my parents bought a copy and played it for my very young self. I fell in love with the songs, and wore out that album over the next few years. I then forgot about it as I grew up, and turned to more modern musical genres.
The other day, I happened to come across a track from the album while searching YouTube for something else. It brought back a rush of nostalgic memories from my childhood, and I thought many of my older readers might remember the same songs with as much pleasure as I did. Therefore, here's a selection from that album.
Mr. Laine seems to have been a big success in many different genres of popular music. I had no idea until I looked him up for background material for this article. Be that as it may, his songs helped a much younger me dream of being a cowboy. I wonder whether that subconscious memory prompted me to want to write my Ames Archives Western series of novels?