Striking It Rich
1972

This studio album was originally released on Blue Thumb Records, and is now available on CD from MCA Records. The original LP cover is designed to resemble a matchbook, and indeed, "Striking It Rich" matchbooks were distributed by Blue Thumb as promotional goodies. The album sleeve showcases Dan's talents in prose and graphic art, including an entry coupon for the "Dan Hix Lookalike Contest".

One of Dan's most-covered tunes, "Walkin' One And Only", appears on this album. The most familiar versions of "I Scare Myself" and "Canned Music", arguably Dan's best-known songs, are also here.

Maryann and Naomi each take a solo turn, with (respectively) "I'm An Old Cowhand" and "Presently In The Past". John Girton wrote the instrumentals "Flight Of The Fly", "Philly Rag", and "Fujiyama". Jaime Leopold's "Skippy's Farewell" features a memorable "Meet The Band" rap.

Personnel
Dan Hicks vocals, rhythm guitar
John L. Girton
lead guitar
Sid Page
violin, mandolin
Maryann Price
vocals, rhythm instruments
Jaime Leopold
string bass, Skippy Sanchez
Naomi Ruth Eisenberg
vocals, second fiddle, rhythm instruments

Side 1
You Got To Believe
Walkin' One And Only
O'Reilly At The Bar
Moody Richard (The Innocent Bystander)
Flight Of The Fly
I Scare Myself
Philly Rag

Side 2
The Laughing Song
Canned Music
I'm An Old Cowhand (From The Rio Grand)
Woe, The Luck
Presently In The Past
Skippy's Farewell
Fujiyama