(Sheldon, Iowa) It may not exactly be the kind of publicity a Sheldon pastor would prefer to have, but a 1970’s record album that featured him is again being talked about. In fact, the album cover was recently featured on the Ellen DeGeneres show.
Pastor Ken Snyder of Sheldon Parkview Assembly says the album, “Ken — By Request Only” all started in 1976.[audio:http://www.kiwaradio.com/files/Snyder1.mp3|titles=Snyder1]
He says his albums feature southern gospel music. But it’s really the album cover that is famous — or should we say infamous. It features two pictures of Snyder — one a head shot of him looking off into space, sporting a handlebar mustache and what could only be called a mop-top haircut, the other has Snyder in a seated position against a very 70’s-style dark paneling wall. He’s wearing a very “hip” safari suit.
Snyder tells us how his album cover got to be so popular.[audio:http://www.kiwaradio.com/files/Snyder2.mp3|titles=Snyder2]
Snyder has been a great sport about the publicity the album cover has received. He says what makes it easier to swallow is that he knows the source.[audio:http://www.kiwaradio.com/files/Snyder3.mp3|titles=Snyder3]
Snyder says when his youngest son heard about the “ugly album contest”, he said, QUOTE “What do you mean, Dad? I don’t think that’s the ugliest album you’ve ever made . . .”
Here’s the clip from the Ellen Show.