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Thread #168958 Message #4081835
Posted By: GUEST,Phil d'Conch
03-Dec-20 - 07:13 PM
Thread Name: Jack Guthrie's 'Oklahoma Hills'
Subject: RE: Jack Guthrie's 'Oklahoma Hills'
If Oklahoma Hills was already in distribution under cousin Jack Guthrie's Capitol Records recording contract, the only way for Woody to share in the future royalties was to co-sign a revised Capitol Records contract. And it's unlikely any 1940s major American record label or publishing house would agree to a one song/one shot deal unless it was a monster-mega-hit. Oklahoma Hills was not. If Woody didn't sign on the dotted line, they'd just cut their losses, bin it and move on.
I suspect Jack Guthrie's original recording contract is how Mickey Goldsen (1912-2011) became associated with many of Woody Guthrie's other songs.
Much of what you're hearing in terms of country/western/swing genre is the team of Mercer, Goldsen & Snyder.