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Thread #80440 Message #1664672
Posted By: GUEST,Art Thieme
08-Feb-06 - 06:46 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Jerry Go and Oil That Car
Subject: RE: Origins: Jerry Go and Oil That Car
"The Real Ol' Mountain Dew" (the Irish song) is almost always sung to the same tune that McClintock used for "Jerry Go An' Oil That Car"----Not sure which came first...
My recording of "Jerry" that I put on the 1998 CD was one Paul Stamler taped when I did a house concert at his home in St. Louis, Missouri back in the late 70s or early 80s. It wasn't done by me very often, probably because I liked it so much and didn't want to get tired of it. But playing at Paul's house was always so comfortable that I dredged it up and sang it. One verse did inadvertently get left out---.
The 1884 date I mentioned in my notes booklet for "Jerry Go And Oil That Car" was one I construed from the fact that PAUL DURST, the Wobbly organizer, fiddler, singer, crop worker, who's life I've chronicled in this forum on occasion, told me in 1961 that he'd first heard it in Wisconsin when he was 15 or 16 years old. Since Paul was born in 1868, it figures out to be just about 1884 that he first heard the song.
Do a forum search on Paul Durst to get his details--to the extent they were known to me.