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Thread #72493   Message #1249135
Posted By: Joe Offer
17-Aug-04 - 01:27 AM
Thread Name: Origin: Copper Kettle (Albert Frank Beddoe)
Subject: RE: copper kettle and 1792
the Digital Tradition says the song was 1953 for a folk opera, "Go Lightly, Stranger." Anybody know anything about songwriter Albert Frank Beddoe, or about the folk opera?
Here's a bit:

In 1946, a tall awkward man came upstairs to the offices of People's Songs and offered to help with the typing. The offer was gratefully accepted. Three days later, we asked his name.
But what's your last name?
Just Frank Frank? No middle initial?
So, Frank O. Frank came to help us, and invaluable help it was, too. A few months later, he said that in his home county, Bexar County, Texas, were some fine songs, and that he had mimeographed a collection of them. Later, it appeared that many were rewritten by him, and some were almost totally original songs, but in any case, they went from hand to hand, and some people sing them now as old folk songs, such as "Get You a Copper Kettle," "See Them Buzzards," and "Quantrell Side." Good songs, folk or Frank.

Pete Seeger, The Incompleat Folksinger, Simon and Schuster, New York, NY, 1972, pp. 278-279.

-Joe Offer-