Tom Dooley - Kingston Trio - "Tom Dooley / Scarlet Ribbons" (Vinyl, LP)
Another witness testified that Dula said he was diseased and was going to "put through the woman who diseased him. Most of the people around Elkville believed that Ann Melton was involved in the murder and possibly committed it herself.
The evidence showed that she had both opportunity her whereabouts at the time of the murder could not LP) accounted for and motive jealousy over Dula's affections for Laura Foster and revenge for giving syphilis to her lover who passed it on to her.
One witness claimed that Ann had confessed to the murder. But the night before he was executed, Dula signed a note stating that he was "the only person that had any hand in the murder of Laura Foster.
Tom Dula was tried at Statesville, North Carolina, on October, found guilty of murder and sentenced to hang. His conviction was appealed, a second trial commenced on January 20, and he was again found guilty.
Another appeal was made, but no error was found and the sentence stood. He was hanged on May I, not from a "white LP) tree" as legend and song have it, but from a makeshift construction of uprights and a crossbeam erected near the old depot in Statesville. Most of these songs, such as "The Murder of Laura Foster" which appears in the Brown collection, would not be familiar to the modern reader. One of them, however, called simply "Tom Dula" or "Tom Dooley" Browncontains many elements of the modern song including the famous opening phrase, "Hang down your head, Tom Dooley" a variant of this song, Brownsupplies the line about "Hanging on a white-oak tree".
In a interview, one of Brown's informants said of this song: "[It] has been sung and played for many years probably for over forty in Watauga There is hardly LP) fiddler or banjo picker in our county who cannot play 'Tom Dooley.
When he was two years old his family moved a few miles west, into Johnson County, Tennessee, where he remained for the rest of his life. Grayson learned "Tom Dooley" from the singing of his family and had a personal connection with it: he was the nephew of Colonel James W. Grayson who captured Dula in Tennessee. Near blind since early childhood and unable to make a living as a farmer, store clerk or mill-worker, Grayson made music instead.
He played his fiddle and sang his songs at schools, turkey shoots, country stores--wherever he could earn enough money to feed his family. Inat a fiddler's convention in Mountain City, Tennessee, Grayson met guitar and harmonica player Henry Whitter. Whitter, a mill hand from Fries, Virginia, had already made some recordings as a solo including "Wreck of the Old 97" for Okeh Records in which Vernon Dalhart later recorded and coupled with "The Prisoner's Song" to create the first million-selling country music hit.
But they liked the way they sounded together. The crowd liked the way they sounded together. And one of the most important teams in early country and bluegrass music was formed.
They recorded some fifty songs for Peer on the Victor label between andmany of which would become country and bluegrass music standards.
At a session for Peer in Memphis, the pair recorded "Tom Dooley" which sold LP) 4, copies throughout the south and did much to keep the legend of Tom Dula alive. Grayson was killed in a road accident innot long after his recording debut. Henry Whitter continued to make music after Grayson's death--but he was plagued with poor health and died in the State Hospital in Morganton, N. LP) took her on the hillside, As God almighty knows; You took her on the hillside, And there you hid her clothes. You took her by the roadside, Where you begged to be excused; You took her by the roadside, Where there you hid her shoes.
Took her on the hillside, To make her your wife; Took her on the hillside Where there you took her life. Take down my old violin, Play it all you please; This time tomorrow, It'll be no use to me. I dug a grave four feet long, I dug it three feet deep; Throwed the cold clay over her, And tromped it with my feet.
This world and one more, Then where you reckon I'll be? Hadn't a-been for Grayson, I'd a-been in Tennessee. He told them it was the first song he remembered hearing his father pick on the banjo.
Like G. Grayson, Proffitt had a personal connection to the song. Two years later, with a newly acquired Wilcox Gay Recordio disk-cutting machine in tow, they returned to Watauga County, North Carolina and recorded a number of Frank Proffitt's songs, including "Tom Dooley. Warner Regarding the Song 'Tom Dooley'" dated February 23, and on file in the Anne and Frank Warner Collection at Duke University, Frank Warner describes that recording session as follows: "This time  we took down the songs in shorthand and recorded on discs several stanzas of each song to secure the melodies.
On the occasion of this visit Frank Proffitt recorded for us three stanzas of 'Tom Dooley. Warner to take down in shorthand. You met her on the hillside And there you took her life You met her on the hillside And stobbed her with your knife. PDF Playlist. The song is best known today because of a hit version recorded in by The Kingston Trio. A local poet named Thomas Land wrote a song about the tragedy, titled "Tom Dooley" which was how Dula's name was pronouncedshortly after Dula was hanged.
In the documentary Appalachian Journeyfolklorist Alan Lomax describes Frank Proffitt as the "original source" for the song, which was misleading only in that he didn't write it.
There are several earlier known recordings, notably one that Grayson and Whitter made inapproximately 10 years before Proffitt cut his own recording. The Kingston Trio is an American folk and pop music group that helped launch the folk revival of the late s to late s.
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