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Thread #28934 Message #364360
Posted By: GUEST,yornoc Bob Conroy
27-Dec-00 - 11:40 PM
Thread Name: William Main Doerflinger 1909-2000
Subject: RE: William Main Doerflinger 1909-2000
Back in the Spring of 1975 the folk quartet Stout(comprised at that time of Bill Grau, Geoff Kaufman, Frank Hendricks and myself) was in need of learning a large number of sea songs in short order. Our crash course consisted of studing Songs of the Sailor and Lumberman by William Main Doerflinger. Mr Doerflinger,s collection of shanties and fo'c'sle songs pulled us through several nautical gigs that we obtained as a result of singing our entire (eight song) repitoire of sea songs on a fine May morning on pier 15 at the South Street Seaport. A few years past, and Stout was appearing at the kick off of National Maritime book week at Rockafeller Center. We finished our part of the program with Leave Her, Johnnie. As we were packing up our instruments a gentleman walked up to Frank Hendricks and said 'I enjoyed your singing of my arrangement of Leave Her, Johnnie.' Frank said "I'm sorry sir, that was William Doerflinger's arrangement.' 'I'm Bill Doerflinger' replied the gentleman. The members of Stout then joined Bill Doerflinger for lunch at the Rainbow Room. You see, he had been invited as the keynote speaker for the N.M. bookweek event. We were fortunate to work with Mr. Doerflinger on a number of occasions during the following fifteen years. He was also kind enough to write the liner notes for our album Deep Water Shanties and Fo'c'sle Songs. Bill Doerflinger was truly a gentleman and a scholar. On New Years eve Bill Grau, Frank Hendricks and I will be singing for First Night at Sailors Snug Harbor on Staten Island. The evening will close with Leave Her Johnnie.