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Thread #70362   Message #1200728
Posted By: Stewie
04-Jun-04 - 10:12 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Honky Tonk Angels
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Honky Tonk Angels
Sol, Carter Family biographer, Mark Zwonitzer, has this note:


Not only did they take a melody from 'Prisoner's Song'
[for 'Meet Me By Moonlight, Alone'] but A.P. also lifted pieces of its lyric for a song he called 'I'm Thinking Tonight of My Blue Eyes' which they cut in that February 1929 Camden session. But what set apart that song was the tune. 'I'd known that one for a long time', Maybelle once said of the melody, so it must have been from something she heard as a girl from Mil Nickels or Ap Harris or her own mother. Whatever the provenance, that melody became one of the best known and most copied in country music. It was as if the melody was so deeply encoded in country music's double helix of performer and audience that every time a singer sneaked it in under his or her own lyrics, the songs hit the reflexive thump of recognition. Roy Acuff used for 'Great Speckled Bird', and it became a signature song. Kitty Wells used it on 'It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels and charted a hit. [Mark Zwonitzer with Charles Hirshberg 'Will You Miss Me When I'm Gone: The Carter Family & Their Legacy in American Music' Simon & Schuster 2002, p122].


I hope the above quote is of interest to you.

--Stewie.