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Thread #149470   Message #3477778
Posted By: GUEST,Larry Saidman
10-Feb-13 - 04:43 AM
Thread Name: What is this song??? [Abilene]
Subject: RE: What is this song??? [Abilene]
Original 1957 recording by Bob Gibson was credited to Lester Brown, Bob Gibson, John D. Loudermilk, Albert Stanton. Stanton was a fictional name commonly used for songwriting credits. Brown was Gibson's manager. And, interestingly enough, John D. Loudermilk claimed he never heard the song until 1963....which is odd considering he was credited on the original 1957 version

ANd Lester Brown claimed he and Gibson heard a part of it sung by a street performer, then Brown told Gibson to write some more lyrics.

So I guess we can call it traditional.   I haven't heard the bob Gibson version so I don't know how it compares to the George Hamilton IV version.   

Bud and Travis did a good job of the song too. I think it may have been before George Hamilton IV....but I'm not sure.