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Thread #101527   Message #2049050
Posted By: GUEST,Bob Coltman
11-May-07 - 07:27 AM
Thread Name: Robbins School Songbooks, 1930s-50s
Subject: RE: Robbins School Songbooks, 1930s-50s
Yes, my edition of the Cowboy Songs book had guitar chords in the helpful six-string schematic form. Shore did wear m' fingers out usin' 'em, too.

Joe, that later edition's a real surprise. Never occurred to me they'd update it with "Leavin' On a Jet Plane," etc. I can just picture the buckaroos out on the asphalt of the Abilene airport, tickets in hand, tearfully bidding their horses goodbye.

" ... Oh, Trigger, I hate to go ... "

Seriously, it does sound like a takeover, with the new company anxious to push its own somewhat different catalog, regardless whether it was appropriate to the book or not.

To be fair, they may have thought the only way to sell copies in or after 1967 (the year John Denver wrote "Jet Plane") was to put in contemporary stuff, since by then the market had moved on and the cowboy thing was passe. I'm surprised they issued any cowboy publication in those times. Must have seemed sort of irrelevant by then; I wonder if they sold many copies.