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Thread #14149   Message #3502772
Posted By: GUEST,crazy little woman
13-Apr-13 - 12:11 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Ballad of Gilligan's Isle
I can't tell you the year, but sometime in the late '60's I heard a junior high-age girl with a ukelele singing Longfellow's 'Wreck of the Hesperus' to that tune. This was at a church talent show. I suspect the tune was used for that sad poem long before it became famous from Gilligan's Island. Otherwise the setting would have seemed incongruous.

The tune didn't become a folk song, it was a folk song.