Buried Treasure: Gladstone - A Piece of Paper (1972)
Eventually, The Five Americans went their separate ways and in the early 70s Rabon hooked up with another band, Gladstone ("From down home in Tyler, Texas U S A," their debut album cover said). From that LP the unknown group lifted "A Piece of Paper," as a single. It only got as high as number 45 on the charts in October 1972.
The song's title was derived from the fact that all it takes to decree something legal, moral or not, is a signed piece of paper. Its lyrics are telling: "Some folks live by others paper, some folks live like they should." Featuring some very nice vocal harmonies, "A Piece of Paper" accurately reflected the era in which it was conceived. The band used it as a vehicle to express their opinions on many of the changing social norms and politics that were popular at the time. In less than three minutes the song's lyrics cover a lot of ground: the draft, war, marriage, religion, and abortion. It's a fine piece of music but it's a relic of its era so that could be the reason why the 45 RPM continues to languish in eternal obscurity.
Gladstone released a second album that received even less attention than the first one, which means no one heard it at all.
Rabon eventually gave up rock 'n roll for teaching. He went back to school, received a master's degree, and worked in Oklahoma's public school system for three decades.