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Who was Billy Gashade

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Dr John 07 Jan 99 - 04:17 PM
rich r 07 Jan 99 - 11:03 PM
Dan Keding 08 Jan 99 - 11:46 AM
GUEST,Lighter 06 Aug 18 - 07:25 AM
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Subject: Who was Billy Gashade
From: Dr John
Date: 07 Jan 99 - 04:17 PM

In several recordings of "The Ballad of Jesse James" is gives "This song was made by Billy Gashade as soon as the news did arrive; He said there was no man with the law in his hand who could take J J when alive." Does amyone know who Billy with the conveniently rhyming surname was?


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Subject: RE: Who was Billy Gashade
From: rich r
Date: 07 Jan 99 - 11:03 PM

Billy Gashade was an otherwise unknown minstrel (folksinger?) who claimed authorship of the "jesse James' ballad.

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Subject: RE: Who was Billy Gashade
From: Dan Keding
Date: 08 Jan 99 - 11:46 AM

In several texts you'll also find the name Billy LaShade which, as is often the case in traditional folk music, just adds a little spice and confusion to the mix. The name could be the author's, also could have been a minstrel who made it popular in his region. Check out H.M.Belden's "Ballads & Songs" collected by the Missouri Folklore Society. This is a great source for Missouri songs & ballads, also discusses authorship, not in depth but in passing of Jesse James. They don't much credence to old Billy Gashade.


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Subject: RE: Who was Billy Gashade
From: GUEST,Lighter
Date: 06 Aug 18 - 07:25 AM

Ancestry.com turns up no American families with the surname "LaShade."

They find a single family of "Gashades" in the entire United States, dwelling in Kentucky (and a "Goshade" in Oregon).

No Williams or Billies though.

Maybe if you pay them $45 a month, they'll find more.


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Subject: RE: Who was Billy Gashade
From: GUEST,Lighter
Date: 06 Aug 18 - 07:30 AM

And this website

http://named.publicprofiler.org/

can't find any "Gashades," "Goshades," or "La Shades" in the U.K.


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