Saturday, February 26, 2011

"Freight Train" by Elizabeth "Libba" Cotten.

OK, more traditional folk: This North Carolina native taught herself to play on her brother's guitar left-handed and "upside-down". At age 12 in 1907 she wrote her best-known tune inspired by the railroads rolling by her town. A folk classic, it was first recorded by Ramblin' Jack Elliott in '57 and by Mike Seeger, for whom she used to work as a housekeeper, in '58. She won a Grammy at age 93! Popularized during the 60's folk revival - famously covered by Peter, Paul and Mary. Artist? Song?

Yesterday's answer: "Chapel of Love" by The Dixie Cups. For some reason it just doesn't sound anywhere nearly as good when guys sing it - definitely a girls group song. Wha' happened to Phil Spector???!!!

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