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Thread #94830 Message #1838873
Posted By: Severn
20-Sep-06 - 03:18 AM
Thread Name: Obit: Joe Glazer (1918-2006)
Subject: RE: Obit: Joe Glazer (19 Sep 06)
My oldest sister, who introduced me to folk music, had an LP on Washington Records of Joe's when I was a kid that I still prize the scratchy copy of I ended up with when she died. The sidemen were Charlie Byrd and Mike Seeger. I loved that record. (Byrd later recorded a Jazz improvisation on "Which Side Are You On" on a live album as a result). I still know most of those songs from memory.
I remember seeing a political documentary in high school and hearing Joe's unmistakable voice singing "I'm Gonna Vote For Hubert Humphrey, He's Good Enough For Me" to the tune of "Old Time
Religion" and thinking "Wow! That's Joe!" and then thinking, "Ahhh, nobody would know who I was talking about."
I remember coming to the University of Maryland when another sister was taking a Folklore course and sitting in to hear him do a guest lecture, which it turned out, he did yearly for a while.
I remember WETA's Mary Cliff doing a special interview program about him a few years ago on her Saturday night folk radio show, which I hope she repeats some of on Saturday or soon.
I own five or six records from his Collector Label, all good, him, Lou Killen, Magpie and others.
I heard him a lot in the last few years, often backed by Joe Uehlein and once in a joint apearence with Oscar Brand singing polital and election songs. He was still in good voice and getting it done. He will be missed.