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Thread #9184   Message #59298
Posted By: Rick Fielding
19-Feb-99 - 06:56 PM
Thread Name: Lyr/Chords/Tune Req: Tom Dooley (Kingston Trio)
Subject: RE: Kingston Trio, Tom Dooley
I recall reading somewhere that Dave Guard (co-founder of the Kingston Trio) was quite angry that a number of people accused him of "stealing" royalties away from Frank Proffitt, and gave his side of the story. I can't remember the jist of it but it had something to do with other commercial groups having recorded and copywrighted the song long before the "Trio" got to it. Does anyone have any info on this? I know that in the Bourgeois Blues thread someone mentions that Leadbelly and the LOMAXES wrote the song! In a pig's eye! Even The Weavers got royalties under the name "Paul Campbell", for a lot of old songs. I guess money is money, and even some of the "legit" folkies can't resist.