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Thread #32857   Message #435410
Posted By: raredance
07-Apr-01 - 05:51 PM
Thread Name: Need info: Gateway Singers
Subject: RE: Help: Gateway Singers
Not meaning to get pedantic or picky, but it is "Elmerlee" twice on the "On the Lot" dust jacket.

The "MTA" was written by Bess Lomax Hawes as a campaign song for Walter F O'Brien the Progressive Party candidate for mayor in 1948. Will Holt's Coral recording of the song brought the record company a bunch of protests from Bostonians objecting to the song making a hero of a "radical". The record was withdrawn and reissued removing reference to O'Brien. The line became "fight the fare increase, fight the fare increase". K3 brought back O'brien but changed his first name.

rich r