Just for fun,
The genesis of the folk music emergence, circa "the fifties" has blurred a bit over time for me and books frequently get this stuff wrong.
I thought perhaps we could tap the graybeards for first hand recollections on the order and timeline of major events leading from the Weavers to Dylan.
Would anyone care to share thoughts on events such as:
- Ballad of Davy Crockett 1954? (remember the caps) every kid?) Was that really the kickoff (i. e. The tune that led to overexposure)?
- On Top of Ol' Smokey (refresh me, did stations refuse g to play the version by "demcommies", and so who had the hit, I forgot).
Did Belafonte's bananas preceed or follow Tom Dooley?
Was he the first black, pop star or folkie to play Carnagie?
Did other folkies play Carnagie during that era?
Talking strickly about exposure, what was Jack Elliot's biggest contribution.
Was Hank Williams a folkie?
Does anyone recall Jo Stafford? (billed as country but more folk?) Her Biggest hit? Influence on later fems? Does "The Wayward Wind" (Gogi Grant?) count?
What about T Ritter's "Do Not Forsake Me . . .?
Did anyone besides TE Ford finagle a TV show deal from a folktune.
Was Johnny Horton's cover of Driftwood's Ballad of New Orleans done with Jimmy's blessing and were the droppped verses considered "controversial" for those times?