I'm a sucker for the whole song-poem genre. For those unfamiliar, the concept was this: Write a song (or poem), then pay a company to take your composition, set it to music, back it with studio singers and a band and viola, you have a record! Check out the outstanding American Song-Poem Music Archives site.
Take for example Virginia Unrein of Montrose, and her ode to her nautical love, Sailor Joe.
No idea on when this was recorded, or who the studio singer is. Virginia's song appears to be part of an EP with three other folks who handed over a few hundred bucks to the prolific Halmark label.
Virginia left this world in 2013. Her obituary mentions that she "successfully wrote and published several of her own songs on CD."