Music for Washing and Ironing

The Somerset Strings

(Epic LG 3084)

What was the commercial strategy behind this album? Did Epic Records execs think there was an untapped market of frumpy, overworked housewives yearning to be reminded of the fact with this documentary-style cover art? "Yes, that's me! Washing clothes by hand in a dowdy dress. I must have this record!" Then, once housewives put the album on the record player, did tunes such as "I'll Be With You in Apple Blossom Time" really ease their work?