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Thread #154665 Message #3630070
Posted By: Joe Offer
03-Jun-14 - 05:38 PM
Thread Name: Hoyt Axton and Swananoah Tunnel
Subject: RE: Hoyt Axton and Swananoah Tunnel
I'm wondering if Axton might have been referring to himself, but I really don't know. I'd say the song is most closely associated with Bascom Lamar Lunsford. The earliest Bascom Lamar Lunsford recording of the song that I could find, was the one he did for Folkways in 1951 or 1952 - but I think he had been singing it long before that.
Look at the Hoyt Axton Discography. His album, The Balladeer, was released in 1962. It was recorded by before a live audience at the Troubadour in West Hollywood. The Troubadour has been on Santa Monica Boulevard since shortly after its 1957 opening. That's maybe four blocks from the Sunset Strip, but I suppose it could be loosely considered to be on the Sunset Strip. So, there are slight discrepancies, but I think the Most Likely Suspect is Axton himself.
Axton recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mS8iPHLz-SA
Bascom Lamar Lunsford recording: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RdZvWdZS7KM
Do you have the album jacket, Sir Coughsalot? Who does Axton credit as author of Vandy Vandy???