The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #14962   Message #131346
Posted By: Bill Cameron
03-Nov-99 - 02:28 PM
Thread Name: Kingston Trio Archive
Subject: RE: Kingston Trio Archive
(Sorry, just have to get this off my chest.)

Heard a vintage CBC radio sound clip last weekend of an interview with the Kingston Trio discussing their version of "Tom Dooley". Don't know who it was, but he first expressed respect for the song, then said "so if you're going to hear it, who wants to hear it sung in some kind of a country yodel on an out-of-tune guitar." Another chimed in: "we made it more pal-at-a-ble for contemporary audiences".

One does feel somewhat foolish wanting to reach into a radio and strangle a thirty-year-old tape recording, but I would have if I could have. Give me Doc Watson's version any day.