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Thread #160526   Message #3808249
Posted By: GUEST,keberoxu
03-Sep-16 - 03:05 PM
Thread Name: Obit: Fred Hellerman (1927-2016)
Subject: RE: Obit: Fred Hellerman (1927-2016)
Fred Hellerman and Pete Seeger making a seamless duo performance out of "Talking Blues," on the Weavers Live at Carnegie Hall album: they made it sound spontaneous, but that blend of guitar and banjo, in hindsight, sounds carefully prepared and rehearsed. The two trade verses in singing, but as a child my favorite verse was the one where they worked in a surprise. Pete Seeger began the verse about how "nobody likes the way I talk," leading into the elocution lesson.

SEEGER:   How Now, Brrrrrrrown Cow?

HELLERMAN: RRRRRRRRRRRight now, Grrrrrrrrrreen Bull!!

If I remember right, Hellerman takes on "Sixteen Tons" on the same recording, and his was the first performance I heard, before I ever heard of Merle Travis or Tennessee Ernie Ford.