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Thread #93653 Message #1807555
Posted By: JohnInKansas
11-Aug-06 - 05:10 PM
Thread Name: Songs & Jingles in Political Campaigns
Subject: RE: Songs & Jingles in Political Campaigns
The story I've heard on the "MTA" is that the Kingston Trio were hired to perform it during the campaign, but after that the politician involved "asserted copyright" in hopes that the song would fade away.
The trio changed the name (from Walter to George?) to make it a "new song" in order to continue performing it. Whether the change was "negotiated" with the politician, or whether they just got by with it as a "parody" is unclear.
It does appear that "Walter" did object to having it performed in the original version after the campaign concluded. I've not seen the opinion that the objection was related to McCarthy, but I suppose it's possible.