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Thread #281   Message #582925
Posted By: JohnInKansas
30-Oct-01 - 10:56 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: Oklahoma Hills (Jack & Woody Guthrie)
Subject: Origins of: Oklahoma Hills

Oklahoma Hills is the song.
Written by Jack Guthrie and Woody Guthrie.
In DigiTrad Oklahoma Hills here.

Sing Your Heart Out, Country Boy
Dorothy Horstman
Country Music Foundation Press, Nashville TN
Distributed by Vanderbilt University Press
Third Edition, 1966
ISBN 0-915608-19-7

Includes the lyric as in DigiTrad, with the note:


Leon (Jack) and I left Oklahoma when we were kids and went to Texas. He loved horses and rode rodeo until he was thrown from a horse and hurt his back. He and Woody teamed up and had a radio show together over KFVD in Los Angeles. In fact I think they used it as their theme song. Leon got a recording contract with Capitol Records and recorded it. He was overseas when it was published and released, and when he came back, Woody sued him for the money he had received. Woody let him know that the money didn't mean anything to him; he just wanted to get his break. They signed a contract, and Leon didn't get any more money until Woody had gotten as much as he did. There is a controversy over who wrote this song, and I really don't know why there should be. It has always been my impression that Woody wrote the words and Leon wrote the Music. - Wava Guthrie Blake.


I will post a note that this is answered in the "Unanswered Requests" thread

Requestor was only on mudcat for about one year (with this name), but may have another a.k.a.: others may still have an interest.

John