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Thread #36947   Message #513987
Posted By: Abby Sale
24-Jul-01 - 11:07 PM
Thread Name: Origin: Morrissey and the Russian Sailor
Subject: RE: Help: Morrissey and the Russian Sailor
The "happy?" File gives: "Morrissey & The Russian Sailor" See FL Rickaby; Ballads & Songs of the Shanty-Boy, 1926 and on Champions and Sporting Blades, (Yes - fine record, indeed) sung by Ewan MacColl

In the mid-1800's, John Morrissey (Feb 5, 1831-May 1,1878) was the 3rd nationally recognized American boxing champ, (won the title from Yankee Sullivan 10/12/1858) later a Congressman from NY; he did fight the "Bold Benicia Boy" (qv) in 1858 but there's no record he ever fought any Russian sailor.