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Thread #98649 Message #1956045
Posted By: GUEST
02-Feb-07 - 06:07 PM
Thread Name: Obit: Eric Von Schmidt RIP (1931-2007)
Subject: RE: Obit: Eric Von Schmidt RIP (February 2007)
His 1961 recording of "Wasn't That A Mighty Storm" (about the Galveston floods of 1900)is included on a CD entitled "Troubadours of the Folk Era, Vol. 1" that I bought some time ago.
From the liner notes to that anthology - "Behind [John] Hammond and [Dave] Van Ronk were other white boys, like Eric Von Schmidt, the painter, who taught Bob Dylan how to sing "Baby Let Me Follow You Down" and Tom Rush how to sing "Wasn't That A Mighty Storm." The reference is to white folk singers of that era who covered songs written by African American artists such as Big Bill Broonzy.