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Bojangles Jim Kweskin of jugband fame.: (51* d) RE: Jim Kweskin of jugband fame.: 07 Dec 98


I am awed by everybody's help and have questions and perhaps a few useful remembrances. I have a reel to reel tape I recorded of a concert that Jim and I did at Boston College on 29 October 1959 to quite a sizeable crowd. The quality is what you got with a Wollensak tape recorder---not much, but at least you can hear every word. I listened to it last spring for the first time in 38 years or so. Jim sang Stagolee, San Francisco Bay, "Where are you going my little one, little one," I'm My Own Grandpa. Then together we did Crying Holy unto the Lord, I am a Pilgrim, When I lay my Burden Down. I recall wincing as he introduced the song that goes, "The shells in the Ocean shall be my Deathbed, The fish in deep waters swim over my head"as some of the most beautiful folk poetry he'd ever heard. Rolf Kahn, Rick von Schmidt, and Gino Foreman were seen as the sort of tripartite rock foundation of the folk scene around Harvard Square. The Club 47 Mt Auburn, headed by Paula Kelly, was the focal point for aspiring performers. "Rolf Kahn's Last Night at the Club 47"(In the spring of '61, I believe) brought out every performer for miles and the playing went on until the police insisted that we either leave or applaud by snapping fingers only. Several of us recorded the evening which finally broke up at about 4:00 AM Jim Kweskin's playing is well represented on that pre-jugband recording. The hour is late and I want to express my appreciation to Art Thieme, Ralph Butts, Earl( I greatly admired Fritz Richmond!), Barbara, and Barry Fin. Thank you all! Ralph Butts by listing the address of the Mel Lyman page has given me wads of data to read. In three sentences or so can anyone tell me what the commune was and what happened to it? I'll be back after some sleep and research. Peter Stanley (Bojangles)


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