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Thread #50394   Message #1284566
Posted By: Deckman
29-Sep-04 - 10:00 PM
Thread Name: I Wrote that Traditional Song
Subject: RE: I Wrote that Traditional Song
guest g.h.   Sorry, I can't help you.

This thread reminds me of something I witnessed in California, probably about 1964 or 65. We were in the audience of a live concert featuring the late Dave Spence. Simply a WONDERFUL traditional Irish singer.

Being Irish, and a damned good story teller, he was long on introductions. As he introduced his next song, he mentioned how it was a "traditional" song from the old country, that spoke of the "Little people." He then launched into Malvina Reynold's "Little Land."

At the end of the applause for that performance, this little grey haired stood up in the audience and said "I WROTE THAT SONG AND MY NAME IS MALVINA REYNOLDS."

Poor Dave. He truly thought it was a traditional song, and there he was live, IN BERKELEY (which was Malvina's home town). He fumbled and stumbled and mumbled, and finaly just walked up close to the mike and said very straighforward: "I'm terribly sorry if I made a mistake. Please forgive me, and let's hear a big round of applause for Malvina Reynolds.

We were backstage later when they met in person. The evening ended pleasently. CHEERS, Bob(deckman)Nelson