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Posted By: john~k
29-Jul-10 - 02:48 PM
Thread Name: Rare Tarriers Recording - Take A Listen
Subject: Rare Tarriers Recording - Take A Listen
I thought there might be a few "folkies" here on Mudcat who would enjoy hearing this clip.

On Saturday nights in 1964 humorist, writer, and story teller Jean Shepherd would host a live show at the Limelight in Greenwich Village. My brother, Andy, who was a fan, recorded and archived many of these shows. Andy passed away several years ago and I've been working to transcribe and restore his archived material.

In early 1964 Shepherd introduced a folk trio known as "The Tarriers." They were Eric Weissberg, Marshall Brickman, and Clarence Cooper.

Eric Weissberg would go on to fame writing and performing "Duelling Banjos" for the movie "Deliverance." Today he's considered one of the best 5-string banjo players around and is still performing.

Marshall Brickman left to join "The New Journeymen" with John and Michelle Phillips. He went on to write comedy for Johnny Carson and Dick Cavett. He would later meet Woody Allen and collaborate on Sleeper, Manhattan, and Annie Hall, winning a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award for Annie Hall.

Clarence Cooper was an African-American who replaced Alan Arkin who left to pursue a stage and screen acting career. Cooper sings lead on this Tom Paxton composition of "Ramblin' Boy." This trio disbanded just 2 months later, so this may be the only known recording. Cooper died in 1974.

There's a Mudcat thread from a couple years back asking about Clarence Cooper.
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Shep mistakingly introduces the group as "Erik Darling and The Tarriers." Darling was a founding member but had left to form the "Rooftop Singers." If you listen carefully you can hear Weissberg correcting Shep about the name.

Shepherd_Limelight_Tarriers.mp3 - 7.5 MB
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