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Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009

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Subject: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP September 2009
From: Mary Katherine
Date: 11 Sep 09 - 01:05 PM

Dear Friends,

Sam Hinton passed away on Thursday, September 10, at 4 p.m., surrounded by family and hearing his own songs.   It was a peaceful end to a long, creative and beloved life. There is a sweet tribute to him at www.samhinton.org, the website kept by his grandchild Katrina Cooper and her husband Danny.

Please feel free to send this notice on to others, or send me the contact information for others who ought to be on this list. We will keep in touch as plans develop for memorial gatherings.

Warm wishes,
Leanne Hinton


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP September 2009
From: meself
Date: 11 Sep 09 - 01:07 PM

A great harmonica player; an inspiration to thousands of people he never met.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP September 2009
From: Jeri
Date: 11 Sep 09 - 02:01 PM

When I first ventured forth into internet folk music forums in the 80s, Sam Hinton was there. I had no clue about his background or who THE Sam Hinton was, but I remember how helpful and knowledgeable he was. I'm sure there are others here who knew him well and I hope they share their memories.

You have my condolences for the loss, but my admiration for having shared your lives with this amazing man.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP September 2009
From: Amos
Date: 11 Sep 09 - 02:09 PM

Sam was one of those people who made life seem safe and joyful. I had the pleasure of playing, with others, at Sam's birthday celebration just before he moved out of his life-long home here in San Diego. His face was a picture--although wheel-chair bound, he was full of delight at the old songs he loved being sung around him.

I am sorry he has moved on. It was good to know Sam was in the world.


A


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP September 2009
From: John MacKenzie
Date: 11 Sep 09 - 02:29 PM

I only new him from my Newport Folk Festival 1963: The Evening Concerts LP, which I still have somewhere. I must dig it out and listen to him again, to remind me.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP September 2009
From: Bill D
Date: 11 Sep 09 - 02:35 PM

I somehow acquired his Songs of Men album many years ago, and was fascinated by the variety. I soon learned "Amphioxous" and always wished I could meet Sam.

It's a coincidence that Bob "Deckman" Nelson were talking about him just the other day.

This was a man who had a wonderful life and spent much of it entertaining and enlightening others.

RIP


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP September 2009
From: maire-aine
Date: 11 Sep 09 - 02:57 PM

I'm so sorry to hear this. I first learned about Sam Hinton when I came across his vinyl album called The Real McCoy: Irish Folk Songs. I loved the songs (many I'd never heard recorded before) and the liner notes were invaluable.

Matt Watroba did an interview with him in the Spring 2002 issue of Sing Out magazine. I tried to find an electronic copy, but no luck. If you'd like a xerox copy, PM me & I'll send it.

Maryanne


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP September 2009
From: GUEST,Bari Bradner Cornet
Date: 11 Sep 09 - 03:00 PM

I chuckle over the last post (Amphioxous) ....it reminds me of all the fun times and good music when I was at LJHS in the 60s....and Sam was a real inspiration. May we all smile when we think of Sam Hinton and how he has enriched our lives!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP September 2009
From: MissouriMud
Date: 11 Sep 09 - 03:06 PM

I wasn't exposed to a lot of Sam's music, but I had a record with his "I had a Bird" song that never ceased to make me smile. I think my kids got rid of it a few years ago when they disposed of my entire vinyl record collection (on the grounds that we no longer had a record player) but it is still imprinted on my memory. Happy Trails Sam


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP September 2009
From: GUEST,Ken Brock
Date: 11 Sep 09 - 03:28 PM

I recall reading that Sam was the first performer to be billed as a folksinger. I wish his 1950's work was in print - I enjoyed his "Family Tree" album.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP September 2009
From: Deckman
Date: 11 Sep 09 - 03:31 PM

I first met him at a hoot in Seattle about 1958. I was a beginner and he was very kind to me ... gave me some pointers that I still remember. I met him again in Santa Cruz in 1963 at a children's concert he gave. He remembered me and was again ... very kind.

There seems to be an epidemic going around. Let's just stop it ... O.K. Bob(deckman)Nelson


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP September 2009
From: Art Thieme
Date: 11 Sep 09 - 04:19 PM

I LEARNED from that Family Tree LP that the folk process, the lineage or morphing and morphology of our songs with no correct version was and is a special reality. At my folk photos site I have included a copy of the "Folk Song Map" of the USA that Sam made from his repertory after I showed him the map I'd made and used in my schools music workshops for 22 years in and around Chicago.   It was a huge honor to have him validate my idea for the song-map by using it himself.

Sam was a mentor from afar for me for 50 years. Wow, 'Another man done gone.' So very many lately...
He was surely one of the founders of the American revival. Our heartfelt condolences to Leanne (I do wish I'd met you!) and all the family!

Art Thieme


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP September 2009
From: Mark Ross
Date: 11 Sep 09 - 05:02 PM

Damn! Not another one gone. This is getting to be too much. I'm telling you folks, this has got to stop!


Mark Ross


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP September 2009
From: Amos
Date: 11 Sep 09 - 05:14 PM

It stops for us all, sooner or later, Mark!! Keep on singing!


A


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP September 2009
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Sep 09 - 09:35 PM

amphioxus! good bye to fins and gill slits.....
welcome lungs anf hair...
but we all came from there..
info tainment...

he will be missed..


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 Sep 09 - 09:51 PM

I didn't get to meet him in person, but he certainly was gracious to me over the Internet - great storyteller, too. On rec.music.folk, I asked about the German Christmas Carol, "Josef Lieber, Josef Mein." Sam e-mailed me and said he first heard that song onstage at UCLA in 1938, when a beautiful redhead walked down a winding staircase singing that song. He married that redhead, and was proud to be married to her for well over fifty years.
I could wish that he rest in peace, but he seemed to be a man who lived in peace. He triumphed over the blacklist and maintained his integrity and his sense of joy. What a nice man, and what a wonderful musician!
And oh, what a harmonica player!!
-Joe-


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Subject: Sam Hinton Discography
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 11 Sep 09 - 10:14 PM

SAM HINTON
b. March    21, 1917 Tulsa, OK
d. September 10, 2009 San Diego, CA


1947 MARCH 25, Library of Congress, Washington D.C.

Library of Congress, Archive of Folk Song AFS L 21    LP 1951
ANGLO-AMERICAN SONGS AND BALLADS      
Edited by Duncan Emrich. 9-page brochure.
Buffalo boy (Sam D. Hinton)
The barnyard (Sam D. Hinton)

Bear Family BCD 16383 AH                               CD 1999
SAM HINTON - The Library of Congress Recordings
Cindy
Careless love
I just don't want to be rich
Down in the valley
Battle of Bunker Hill
Bombardment of Bristol, Rhode Island
Katy cruel
Groundhog
I've got no use for the women
Streets of Laredo
Grieve, oh grieve
Jim the roper
Night-herding song
Bury me not on the lone prairie
I ride an old paint
Goodbye old paint
Sweet Betsy from pike
St. James infirmary
When we gonna marry
Spanish fandango
I had a little nut tree
Nut brown maiden
Froggie went a-courtin'
Goin' down this road feelin' bad
Skip to my Lou
Portland country jail
Three foolish pigs
The pig got up and slowly walked away
That old-time religion
Sow took the measles
Willie the weeper
Springfield county
Sourwood mountain
Duermete nino
The devil and the farmer's wife (New England)
The devil and the farmer's wife (Minnesota)
Johnny Sands
Mary Hamilton
The brown girl
Old boastun
The two sisters
The crawdad song
Barnyard song
Tell old Bill
Three nights drunk
Streets of Laredo



c. June 1950 (masters purchased from ABC by COLUMBIA, August 1950)
ABC-Eagle ABC 230                   10"-78rpm
COLUMBIA 38929                      10"-78rpm
COLUMBIA 1-761                        7"-45rpm
OLD MAN ATOM
LONG JOHNAtom

SMITHSONIAN COLLECTION RD 046-1      LP/CD/Cassette xxxx
Folk song America V.1 A 20th Century Revival.
Notes by Norm Cohen
trk ?? Old man atom.

RHINO R2-74264                      3-CD 2001
Washington Square Memoirs: The Great Urban Folk Boom 1950-1970
Disc 1, track 2. Old Man Atom (Talking Atomic Blues) - Sam Hinton

BEAR FAMILY BCD 16065 FL            5-CD, 1-DVD, 292pp book 2005
ATOMIC PLATTERS Cold War Music from the Golden Age of Homeland Security
Disc 3 Track 9. Old Man


1962
BOWMAR 1610-1613                     4-10" 78rpm
FOLK SONGS OF CALIFORNIA and THE OLD WEST
Edited and supervised by Roberta McLaughlin.
texts in album
Ben Cruz; Sam Hinton

songs ????


c.Sep 1952
DECCA K-69                            10" 78rpm
THREE LITTLE PIGLETS
THE CRAWDAD SONG

c.Jun 1953
DECCA K-95                            10" 78rpm
Decca 88135
The Frog Song
The Green Leaves Grew All Around Around Around


c.Mar 1954
DECCA K-125 SAM HINTON sings COUNTRY CRITTERS 10" 78rpm
4 songs ????

Decca 9-88116
Barnyard song/Three little piglets
The crawdad song

DECCA 88166
The Greatest Sound Around ?????


1955
DECCA DL 8108                         LP 1955
DECCA ED 832                         3-7" 45rpm
SINGING ACROSS THE LAND
Cover art by: Sam Hinton

Brian O'Lynn
Our Goodman
Devil and the Farmer's Wife
Springfield Mountain
Johnny Sands
Jolly Old Roger
Greenland Fishery
Old Joe Clark
Groundhog Song
Mountaineer's Courtship ?Buffalo Boy   ?????
Barnyard Song
Nine Hundred Miles
Frankie and Johnnie
Gambler's Blues
Old Boastun Was Dead (Old Pompey)
Travelling Man Blues
Tell Old Bill
Echo Canyon
Doney Gal
Sierry Peaks
Night Herder's Song



1956 FILM
Three foolish pigs a folk song
Author: Noel Oliver; Sam Hinton; University of California (System). University Extension.
Publisher: United States : University of California Extension Media, 1956.
Series: Animation workshop (UCLA)

Animated film made during UCLA's University Extension animation workshop course,
Spring 1956.
Description: 1 reel of 1 (2 min.) (52 ft.) : opt sd., col. ; 16 mm. print.


1956
Decca DL 8418                     LP 1956
A FAMILY TREE OF FOLK SONGS
Red Herring (UK)
Herring Song (Ireland)
Old Sow (USA)
Carrion Crow (USA)
Farmer and the Crow (USA)
Shule Aroon (Ireland)
Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier (USA)
Dis Cum Bibble (USA)
Clear the Tracks (UK)
Lowlands (UK)
Lowlands (USA)
Cindy
Jim the Roper
Willie the Weeper
Lonesome Valley
Where O/Oh Where Is Old Elijah
He Never Said a Mumbling Word
Hi Ho Jerum
Piper o' Dundee
Talking Dust Bowl (Blues)


1957 The San Diego Folk Song Society founded by Sam Hinton


1957
Decca DL 8579                        LP
The Real McCoy - Irish Folk Songs
Wren
We Have Brought the Summer In
Fox's Conversation
Little Red Fox
Dancing of Phillip of the Music
Lillibullero
Old Man Rockin' the Cradle
Arthur McBride
Smashing of the Van
Full Little Flask
Real Old Mountain Dew
Son of a Gambolier
Eagle's Whistle (Lullaby)
Ballinderry (Balinderry)
Shepherd's Lamb
Father O'Flynn
Praties They Grow Small
She Said the Same to Me
Paddy on the Railway (Song)
No Irish Need Apply
Drill Ye Tarriers (Drill)
Clancy's Wooden Wedding

DECCA DL-4469 ALL TIME HOOTENANNY FOLK FAVORITES    LP 1964
    Cindy (Sam Hinton)

DECCA DL-4485 ALL TIME HOOTENANNY FOLK FAVORITES V.2 LP 1965
    Talkin' dust blues (Sam Hinton)



1961
FOLKWAYS FC 7530                LP 1961
SMITHSONIAN FOLKWAYS SFW 45062   CD 2006
WHOEVER SHALL HAVE SOME PEANUTS
Whoever Shall Have Some Good Peanuts
Green Grass Growing All Around
I Had a Little Nut Tree
Crawdad (Song)
Michael Finnegan
Jolly Old Roger
Old Dan Tucker
Old Boastun Was Dead (Old Pompey)
Little Old Woman All Skin and Bones
A Horse Named Bill
The Barnyard Song
Groundhog
Three Foolish Piglets
Old Blue
Mr. Rabbit
All Hid?
Robin the Bobbin (Billy Barlow)
Frog Went Courting
The Eagle's Whistle (Lullaby)
The Frog Song


Verve/Folkways FV/FVS 9011 Folk Go-Go      LP 1965
A3 Crawdad Song



Folkways FA 2400                            LP 1961
The Song of Men All Sorts & Kinds
descriptive notes
Tighten on the Backband
The Miller's Will
The Bent County Bachelor (Starving to Death on a Government Claim)
St George
The Garden Hymn
A Pilrim and a Stranger
I Want to Die Easy (When I Die)
Long John
Hang Me, Oh Hang Me (Been All Around This World)
Looky Looky Yonder
Hammer Keeps Ringing
In The Pines
I Just Don't Want to Get Rich
Spanish Fandango
Hog on the Mountain
The Valiant Soldier (Bold Soldier)
Harry herman
It's a Long Way From Amphioxus
Closing Time Holler


1962-1987
San Diego Folk Festivals
Lou Curtiss; San Diego Folk Festival (San Diego, Calif.);
             Adams Avenue Roots Festival (San Diego, Calif.);
             Adams Avenue Roots and Folk Festival (San Diego, Calif.)

Lou Curtiss began organizing Folk Festivals annually in San Diego in 1962. The San Diego Folk Festival was first held at San Diego State University, later moving to the University of California, San Diego. Since 1973, the Festival has been held as a street fair first called the Adams Avenue Roots Festival and since 2006 known as the Adams Avenue Roots and Folk Festival. In addition to organizing folk festivals, Curtiss has operated a rare record store in San Diego called Folk Arts Rare Records since 1967. Curtiss also hosts a weekly radio show on early American roots music broadcast over KSDS radio (88.3 FM). Curtiss is a recipient of a 1985 Grammy Award for producing the record Steamboat Whistle Blues, a re-issue of Roy Acuff recordings from 1936-1939 for Rounder Records.
Description: 400 sound tape reels : analog, 3 3/4 - 7 1/2 ips, 2 - 4 track, mono. - stereo ; 7 in.
Contents: [Recordings of San Diego Folk Festival performances at various venues including San Diego State University, UC San Diego, San Diego Old Globe Theater, Orango's Restaurant, Folk Arts Rare Records Store, and Sign of the Sun Book Store.]



1963
NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL 1963

VANGUARD VRS 9144/VSD 79144                LP 1964
VANGUARD VCD 77003-2                      CD 1991
NEWPORT BROADSIDE
A4 TALKING ATOMIC BLUES (Sam Hinton)

VANGUARD VRS 9148/VSD 79148                LP 1964
?????                                     CD
Newport 1963 Evening Concerts Vol.1
The barnyard song
Must I go bound
The Arkansas traveller (Sam Hinton)

BOOK of the MONTH CLUB/Classics Record Library SRL 5644   4-LP 1964
American folk singers and balladeers    "A Vanguard recording"
notes and lyrics, 23pp
   Starving to death on a government claim
   I'm just a damyankee
   I had a bird


196x
RCA Victor LP LSO 6070
HOW THE WEST WAS WON
At least one song ?????



1967
Folkways FA 2401
THE WANDERING FOLK SONG
Butcher/Butcher's Boy
There Is a Tavern in the Town
Grieve, Oh Grieve
Water Is Wide
Happy Land
Intemperance
Happy Land
Lilly Dale
Land of Rest
Oh Ye Mountains High
Oh Freedom
Real Old Mountain Dew
Mountain Dew
Old Grey/Gray Mare
Old Abe Lincoln (Came Out of the Wilderness)
Swimming in the Delaware
In the Wilderness
I Wait Upon the Lord
I Ain't a-Scared of Your Jail
My Jewel, My Joy
Cowboy's Lament (Arkansas)
Lake Chemo
Cowboy's Lament (Texas)
Springfield Mountain
Springfield Mountain
Rattlesnake Mountain
Springfield County
Old Jabo


SCHOLASTIC RECORDS CC 0602       7"-45rpm 1967 Picture Sleeve
FESTIVAL (6 tracks)
A1 SAM HINTON "I Wanna Die Easy"



mp3 Audio Files
Sam Hinton recorded live May 11-13, 1967,
at the first San Diego Folk Festival, San Diego, CA
Billy Grimes The Drover       http://bullhead.us/mp3/BillyGrimesTheDrover.mp3
It's A Long Way From Amphioxus http://bullhead.us/mp3/LongWayFromAmphioxus.mp3
Muleskinner Blues             http://bullhead.us/mp3/MuleskinnerBlues.mp3



Folkways FC-7548                      LP 1972
I'll sing you a story (folk ballads for the young)
Old Bangum
Bryan O'Lynne
Three Jolly Rogues
Jonathan Smith
The Old Man in the Wood
When You Go a-Courting
Grandmother Brown
The Farmer and the Crow
The Crow Song
Hambone
The Boll Weevil
The Gray Goose
Mary Had a William Goat
Twenty Froggies
When I Was a Little Boy
I Was Born 100,000 Years Ago



Philo 1028                            LP 1975
Good time music - National Folk Festival
Filene Center, Wolf Trap Farm Park, Vienna, Va., 1971-74.   
notes by A. Wallace   
Arkansas traveller (Sam Hinton)



[Sam Hinton talks about folk crafts and folk music and how he got started at the Smithsonian gathering a folk collection]
Author: Sam Hinton
Publisher: [1975]
Edition/Format: Audiobook : Reel-to-reel tape : English
1 sound tape reel : 7.5 ips, mono. ; 7 in, 1/4 in. tape



NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY 07786         LP 1976
gatefold jacket with 10 pg full color illustrated story
Saul Broudy; Sam Hinton; Mickey Clark

songs ?????



Sam Hinton TEX01                     Cassette 1986
From an East Texas Childhood
A potpourri of songs and tunes from more than fifty years ago,
remembered and sung by Sam Hinton
Frankie and Johnnie
Froggie Went A-Courting
Grandmother Brown
Grieve, Oh Grieve
Four Nights Drunk
The Old Soldier
Tell Old Bill
Mr. Tunstall's Two-Chord Hoedown (harmonica)
Careless Love (harmonica and guitar)
John Henry
I Run the Old Mill
I Ain't Got No Use For Sleep
The Cowboy's Lament
Hog On the Mountain
Cajun Two-Step (button accordion)
I Want to Die Easy When I Die
She Sat on the Hammock
St. James' Infirmary
Crucifixion
Crawdad Song
Come To the Bower
The Man From Yankeeland
The Big Bass Drum
Casey Jones



SH Enterprises(Sam Hinton) C1       Cassette 1991
Of Frogs and Dogs and Such
21 Songs That Kids Like -- sung by Sam Hinton

1 The Barnyard Song
2 De Colores
3 The Owl Song
4 Chippewa Owl Song
5 Frog Song
6 Old Molly Hare
7 The Eagle's Whistle
8 Bonaparte's Retreat
9 Maidhrin Ruadh
10 Old Blue
11 Apples and Bananas
12 Las Vocales
13 The Fairie's Hornpipe
14 Barney McCabe
15 Juba
16 Frog Went Courting
17 Tongue Twister
18 Michael Finnegan
19 King Caracticus
20 Nautical Talk
21 Canto de Cuna
Songs 3 and 20 written by Sam Hinton.



SH Enterprises(Sam Hinton) G-2       Cassette 1991
'Tis the Season
21 Songs-mostly for Christmas -- sung by Sam Hinton
Robin the Bobbin
The Cutty Wren
The Holly and the Ivy
What Month Was My Jesus Born In?
Go Where I Send Thee
The Cherry Tree Carol
Las Posadas
Mary Had a Baby
What You Gonna Name Your Baby?
Oh Mary, Where Is Your Baby
Oh, Poor Little Jesus
Christ Child Lullaby
Mary Was Watching
Babe of Bethlehem
Burgundian Carol
The Friendly Beasts
Sing Now, Oh Adam
All in the Morning
Brightest and Best
La Noche Before Christmas
Ma'er Flwydden Yn Marw



Sam Hinton: Master of the Solo Diatonic Harmonica   2-CD 2005
extensive notes
Mississippi Sawyer
Oh Dear, What Can the Matter Be?
The Downfall of Paris
Flop Eared Mule
By the Light of the Moon
Ukranian Hopak Melody
Rebbe Elimelech
Pseudoslavian Rhapsody
Ot Azoy Neyt A Schnayder
Off to California
Reedsdale Hornpipe
Pufferbillies Round
Skye Boat Song
Laird of Drumblair
The Ruins of Killmallock
The Glens of Mayo
Daniel O'Connell
The Glendy Burke
Farewell to Whiskey
Some Folks Do
Cloone Hornpipe
Hul's Victory
Rickett's Hornpipe
Harvest Home
The Eighth of January
Putty up the Nail Holes
Liverpool Hornpipe
Au Clair De La Lune
Bobby Shaftoe
Lonesome Train
Roll Her on the Rye Grass
Whiskey Before Breakfast
Whiskey You're the Devil
Teetotaler's Fancy
Beautiful River
Are You Washed in the Blood of the Lamb?
God be with You till We meet Again
German Folk Song Medley
Ach, Du Lieber Augustin
Bantry Bay
Turkey in the Straw
Irish Washerwoman
The Sidewalks of New York
Animal Fair
Ten Little Indians
Mr. Tunstall's Hoedown
Haste to the Wedding
Fisher's Hornpipe
Swanee River
The Eagle's Whistle
Bonaparte's Retreat
Texas Gales
Arkansas Traveler
Hog on the Mountain
Chicken Reel
Simple Gifts
Old Christmas
Christmas Eve
Freres Jacques Round
Yankee Doodle/Dixie
Twelfth Street Rag/Polly Wolly Doodle
La Paloma
Nola


Meadowbrook, Northbrook, IL                        CD 2006
Best of the Land of Nod store music. Volume 2
The crawdad song (Sam Hinton)





A selected bibliography of American folk music
Author: Sam Hinton
Publisher: La Jolla, Calif. : s.n., 1954
16 p. ; 28 cm.


A selected bibliography of American folk music
Author: Sam Hinton
Publisher: [S.l. : s.n.], 1958.
23 p. ; 28 cm.



edited by Adam Miller
A handful of songs : the life and times of Sam Hinton
Author: Sam Hinton; Adam Miller
Publisher: [S.l : s.n.], ©2001.
301 p. : ill., ports. ; 28 cm., discography p.302-312


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: Stringsinger
Date: 11 Sep 09 - 10:41 PM

Sam Hinton was a mentor for me. It was because of him that I did my first folk concert in 1952 under his auspices at San Diego State College.

He was an amazing person. Most people don't know how accomplished he was. Oceanographer, calligrapher, biologist, head of educational coordinator for California Universities, and a brilliant folklorist, fine entertainer and performer of folk songs for adults and children were just some of his accomplishments. Probably the best straight diatonic harmonica player ever recorded. He had a unique accompaniment style on the guitar. His singing had a lilt and a lightness that captivated audiences.

In the early 1950's he had a hit that was squashed by the F.C.C. during the McCarthy times. "Ol' Man Atom" would have climbed the charts. His version was the definitive one. It was a talking blues written by newspaperman Verne Partlow from Detroit who relocated in Los Angeles. It was an homage to peace in the tradition of Tom Lehrer.

"I'm gonna' preach ya' all a sermon 'bout ol' man Atom.
I don't mean the Atom that Mother Eve mated.
I mean the Atom that science liberated.
When Einstein says he's scared, brother, I'm scared......................."

Sam was an important part of the Folk Music Revival. Although his work was not known, unfortunately, outside the San Diego area, he did many concerts and delighted audiences of all ages.

Sam had another unique ability. He could imitate animal sounds perfectly. He was gifted in the way that Mel Blanc was. He was given an amazing mouth in which he could do a Bach two part invention by whistling and humming two different parts simultaneously. (I wonder if this has ever been recorded.) He could also do something I've never heard anyone do....whistle in two part harmony.

He could put on what he called his Kiwanis Club show, a remnant of a former time
where he was a one man band on the Major Bowes Amateur Hour in the Thirties. He played a variety of instruments including the concertina and accordion.

He had an illustrious career that few knew of in the folk music field outside of California. Above all, he was a fine human being, compassionate,and encouraging to
those who aspired to perform folk music.

His seminars at Idyllwild Camp near Palm Springs with another major player in the Folk Revival, Alan Lomax's sister, Bess Lomax Hawes were memorable. These people educated me in the love of American folk music.

He decided that being a professional entertainer was not foremost what he had in mind
for his life. He went back to school in California to pursue a successful career in biology and oceanography. He became the curator for the Scripps Institute of Oceanography in La Jolla, California. Sam lived in La Jolla and raised his family there.
His late wife, Leslie, was an accomplished musician and teacher.

Adam Miller and I owe a great deal to Sam for his guidance. So do many others
but they may not know of it. Adam has compiled an autobiography for Sam. You can also purchase a recording of Sam's prodigious harmonica through Adam and George Winston.

With Sam's passing, an era of folk music has gone. Pete Seeger and Bess Hawes are
still with us.

I will grieve remembering Sam's generous talent and spirit.

Frank Hamilton


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: GUEST,from tokyo
Date: 12 Sep 09 - 04:41 AM

oh-

sam hinton


kiyohide kunizaki at tokyo folklore center


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: GUEST,Ken Brock
Date: 12 Sep 09 - 08:59 AM

Would anyone here know whether or not Sam Hinton personally knew Ed "Doc" Ricketts of Monterey, on whom Steinbeck loosely based the character of "Doc" in Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday?
I understand Ricketts was a huge influence on Joseph Campbell and through him on George Lucas and Star Wars.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: open mike
Date: 12 Sep 09 - 09:19 AM

i see that the editor of the music book "A handful of Songs" was
Adam Miller. I suppose that could be the fellow who plays autoharp?

http://www.folksinging.org/ There is a quote from Sam Hinton
on Adam's website.

One song listed above is : SAM HINTON "I Wanna Die Easy"
I hope he got his wish.

guest above at 9:35 was me.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Sep 09 - 10:43 AM

There was a series of videos on youtube where he explained various harmonica styles etc. - really good.

Another good man joined the big session in the sky.

RIP

Regards
Ernest


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: BK Lick
Date: 12 Sep 09 - 05:50 PM

Links to the YouTube videos are on the Sam Hinton website -- follow the "Audio/Video" link on the home page.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: GUEST,Mary Katherine
Date: 12 Sep 09 - 07:19 PM

If anyone hears of a public memorial for Sam Hinton, could you please post it here?


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: John on the Sunset Coast
Date: 12 Sep 09 - 07:32 PM

Sorry to hear of Mr. Hinton's passing. Perhaps a dozen years ago...time flies...I spent a half hour speaking with him at the Claremont Folk Festival. He was very cordial and giving of his time to a non-musician.

RIP kind sir.

JotSC


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: GUEST,Bev and Jerry
Date: 12 Sep 09 - 08:02 PM

Would anyone here know whether or not Sam Hinton personally knew Ed "Doc" Ricketts of Monterey, on whom Steinbeck loosely based the character of "Doc" in Cannery Row and Sweet Thursday?

Yes, he did. Once in a casual conversation with Sam the name of Woody Guthrie came up and Sam said something which indicated that he had met Woody. When we asked how he came to meet Woody he replied, "John Steinbeck introduced us".

Bev and Jerry


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: autoharper
Date: 13 Sep 09 - 01:22 AM

Sam never told me he met Ed Ricketts. Sam did tell me:

"In 1938 I was studying zoology and I was working mostly with Dr. Raymond Cowles, studying temperature regulation in reptiles and part of the project involved my being out in the desert. And I was out there with a friend named Woody Woodall and we heard that John Steinbeck was visiting the Okie Camp at one of the towns in the California desert. Woody Woodall was a very handsome fellow who certainly would have joined the ranks of well-known scientists had he not been killed in a training accident while he was a Navy aviator in World War II.
        
"Steinbeck was a great hero of mine.   This was before _The Grapes of Wrath_ had been published, but I knew his other works. So, I got up my nerve and went over and introduced myself to him and he introduced me to Woody Guthrie. I had never heard of him. At that time Woody was living, I believe, in Long Beach, California. He had a radio show there, but I never did hear that. I didn't get to know him very well until later. I liked Steinbeck, he was very nice, but Woody was very reserved. It was kind of hard for me to get close to him, but I liked him and admired him. That was the first time I'd heard his songs. At that time I didn't get any sense of the importance of his music. I didn't know he was a composer of children's songs until the records came out in the 50's.   I think I was already beginning to feel better about composed music as opposed to traditional music. I was kind of snooty about it in my early days!   Woody was one of those new "singer-songwriters."

There are recordings of Sam's simultaneous whistling and humming on Sam's epic solo harmonica album "Master of the Diatonic harmonica".

-Adam Miller


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: Acme
Date: 14 Sep 09 - 10:03 AM

Oh! I missed this!

My dad (John Dwyer) enjoyed a regular correspondence with Hinton over the years. I found a number of notes they'd sent back and forth, and a file of things he had set aside for Sam.

RIP

SRS


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 14 Sep 09 - 05:02 PM

NPR/All things
Monday September 14 - Sam Hintons daughter Lee Ann reminisces.
at end of the program.
should be archived soon.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: Mark Ross
Date: 14 Sep 09 - 07:29 PM

Leanne Hinton reminisces about her father on All Things Considered


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: Acme
Date: 14 Sep 09 - 09:15 PM

I heard that--thanks for the link. Another kid whose father sung to her at bedtime!

It's closing time now. . .

SRS


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: GUEST,iancarterb
Date: 14 Sep 09 - 09:26 PM

I heard of Sam from my California sister-in-law, and saw him live once only, at Newport in 1960. Just one sight and hearing of a marine biologist playing the harmonica he has hidden in his mouth on 'tween verse breaks made me love him for life. RIP Sam, and peace to his family.
Carter


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 15 Sep 09 - 12:57 AM

I wish I had had a chance to see him or meet him. By all accounts an all-round wonderful man. Glad to have shared the earth with him, anyway.

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: GUEST,TJ in San Diego
Date: 15 Sep 09 - 01:31 PM

I first saw Sam in 1962, at the Ash Grove in Los Angeles. I was on leave from the Army at the time, never dreaming that I would move to San Diego in 1967, where I would have the opportunity to join in a sing-around with him in the living room of mutual friends one day.

Sam was a local institution here for many, many years. A tireless teacher, advocate, oceanographer, singer and friend to all he met. Yes, he was a harmonica virtuoso, but so much more to those privileged to know him.

I sensed, when his family moved him to be closer to them a few months ago, that he would not be with us much longer. It was sad to see him leave San Diego, where he had meant so much to so many. He had a full, rich life and a remarkable gift for sharing and making friends. He also leaves a rich musical legacy and a lot of folks sad to see him depart but richer for having had him among us.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: Art Thieme
Date: 15 Sep 09 - 09:46 PM

I have always cherished the letters I got from Sam over the years. His cassettes, like From An East Texas Childhood are all on CDs now -- thanks to this computer. --- When Carol and I lived on the Oregon coast in the late 1960s, I really became enraptured by the low tide-pools and the creatures living just a short climb down the cliff that descended to the Pacific where our yard ended. One day Sam sent me a signed copy of his book called "SEASHORE LIFE OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA." -- I'm looking at it right now. Before I got this great soft cover introduction to the animal life of California beaches, I waded through Joel Hedgpeth's edition of Ed Ricketts' seminal work called BETWEEN PACIFIC TIDES. Sam knew I'd be better able to assimilate his book than Rickets' fine volume. --- It's a great loss to me personally not to have Sam as close as a phone call away. We never managed to meet, but he was sure a mentor-from-afar to me---for fifty years!

Rest In Peace, Sam. It was a pleasure to know you!!

Art and Carol Thieme


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: autoharper
Date: 15 Sep 09 - 11:21 PM

If you haven't seen these two very short documentaries made during Sam's lifetime, please enjoy them on YouTube:


-Adam Miller

PS: The Los Angeles Times obituary is here:

http://www.latimes.com/news/obituaries/la-me-sam-hinton15-2009sep15,0,6650349.story


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: GUEST,from tokyo,japan
Date: 16 Sep 09 - 03:54 AM

to adam miller

thanks for you tube information of sam hinton-the scripps years.

just now,i saw this at tokyo.

forever sam hinton !


kiyohide kunizaki


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 16 Sep 09 - 10:37 AM

The LA Times obituary:

Sam Hinton dies at 92; folk songwriter and singer
Hinton was one of the founders of the folk-song movement that began in the 1930s. A onetime San Diego area resident, he also wrote two books on the sea and seashore animals.


By Tony Perry
Los Angeles Times, September 14, 2009

Sam Hinton, folk singer, songwriter, naturalist and San Diego civic treasure who delighted school children and folk-festival audiences for decades, has died. He was 92.

Hinton died Thursday at an assisted living facility in Albany in Northern California where, in failing health, he had moved two years ago. The cause of death was a series of old-age ailments including congestive heart failure, said his daughter, Leanne.

Possessed of a gentle, whimsical manner, and an enthusiasm for singing what he called "old songs for young people," Hinton was one of the fathers of the folk-song movement that began in the 1930s and gained great popularity in the 1940s and 1950s.

Sam Hinton was born March 21, 1917, in Tulsa, Okla. In Oklahoma and later in Texas, he developed a lifelong passion for two things: reptiles (particularly snakes) and folk music.

The rural region of his youth was home to a grab bag of ethnic, social and racial groups -- Cajuns, African Americans, cowboys, recent European immigrants, and people from the Ozarks -- and Hinton was attracted to their music.

He delighted in telling how when he was 5, his mother, a gifted pianist, took him to a music store and bought him a harmonica. Before they left the store, the boy was playing a passable version of "Turkey in the Straw."

By 8, he was entertaining people on his harmonica and a two-button accordion. "I was kind of a hard kid to raise," Hinton is quoted on the website, www.samhinton.org. "Mama tried to divert me, sometimes. I wanted to catch snakes, and she thought it would be nicer for me to raise gladiolas."

At 19, Hinton got an offer he couldn't refuse: to join the Major Bowes traveling vaudeville show. He was attending Texas A&M, paying his bills by singing and also selling snake venom. Joining the traveling troupe, he toured 46 states and parts of Canada, singing and playing in front of audiences of all sizes.

He enrolled at UCLA, earned a degree in zoology in 1940, and married Leslie Forster, a violinist and singer. The marriage endured until her death in 2005.

In 1942 he became a director of the Desert Museum in Palm Springs. In 1943 he took a post doing war-related research at the University of California's Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla. The research involved helping the U.S. Navy find better ways to carry the fight to the enemy or, as Hinton later put it, "how to sink and not get sunk."

Over the next five decades, Hinton held several jobs at the university, including director of the aquarium and director of the university's outreach to local schools. He co-wrote two books, with Joel Hedgpeth, "Exploring Under the Sea" and "Common Seashore Animals of Southern California."

He also wrote a nature column for the local newspaper, performed at schools and festivals, and made a series of recordings, some for the Library of Congress, including "Buffalo Boy and the Barnyard Song," a collection of Anglo-Irish songs and ballads.

Unlike other folk singers, notably Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, Hinton's songs were not known for their biting political or social commentary. Still, he had a run-in with the House Un-American Activities Committee with his song "Old Man Atom," also called "Talking Atomic Blues," which included the line, "peace in the world or the world in pieces."

By his own reckoning, he knew more than 2,000 songs, many of which he had written.

In 1988 San Diego proclaimed a Sam Hinton Day and then-Mayor Maureen O'Connor praised him for bringing "pure joy and delight" to the city.

Hinton's songs contained humor and often a gentle admonition to children and others to be kind to others and to the environment around them. "Whoever Shall Have Some Good Peanuts" is a playful way of reminding the young what happens when they are stingy with others.
    Whoever shall have some good peanuts
    And giveth his neighbor none
    Then he can't have any of my good peanuts
    When his good peanuts are gone
    Oh won't it be joyful, joyful, joyful
    Oh won't it be joyful
    When his good peanuts are gone."

Besides his daughter, Leanne of Berkeley, Hinton is survived by his son, Matthew of Trinidad, Calif.; two grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

A memorial service is planned for San Diego.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: Desert Dancer
Date: 16 Sep 09 - 10:53 AM

The San Diego Historical Society has audio files of a 1990 interview with Sam and two of his songs posted as part of their Oral History Archives, here.

There is another oral history interview with Sam (from 2003) on the NAMM site, here.

The San Diego Folk Song Society has a page for Sam (with some lovely pictures), here.

~ Becky in Tucson


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: Acme
Date: 16 Sep 09 - 07:03 PM

When I was a child we went to a school auditorium somewhere in the Seattle area for a concert with Hinton. It was really embarrassing to us to realize that there maybe only a dozen people there to hear him--we knew he was so good and the room should have been filled. Sam took it in his stride, invited everyone to the area down in front of the stage where we pulled up chairs in a small circle and he sang and talked. It was wonderful!

SRS


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: Franz S.
Date: 17 Sep 09 - 12:36 PM

I'm looking at the 78 recording of "Old Man Atom" that my folks bought when it was new, which still looks and sounds pretty good considering how often I played it then and since. I met Sam once, at D. K. Wilgus's funeral. Sam sang "Only Remembered".

"Only the truths that in life we have spoken,
Only the seeds that on earth we have sown.
These will pass onward while we are forgotten,
Fruits of the harvest and what we have done."

I hadn't heard the song before but will never forget it.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: Art Thieme
Date: 18 Sep 09 - 10:04 AM

I have a concert Sam did at the Old Town School Of Folk Music in the late 1960s -- as broadcast on WFMT-FM in Chicago. It has always been a favorite of mine. I must go back and hear it again; it's been far too long since I listened to it.

Art


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: autoharper
Date: 18 Sep 09 - 05:41 PM

We sang "Only Remembered" for Sam at his 92nd birthday party. It's religious camp meeting song, published in 1886, written by John R. Sweeney and William J. Kirkpatrick, and found in _On a Joyful Wing - A Book of Praise and Song_.

-Adam Miller


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: Charley Noble
Date: 19 Sep 09 - 01:12 PM

Long time passing.

Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 20 Sep 09 - 09:25 PM

Does anyone have the 78rpm DECCA recording: Decca K-69 / 88116 ?
I would like to obtain label scans, any data in the wax, and mp3's of the songs if possible. (Barnyard Song; Three Little Piglets/The Crawdad Song)
Does anyone have any Sam Hinton recording on MAJESTIC label?
Thanks!
Best wishes, Thomas.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: Acme
Date: 21 Sep 09 - 12:00 PM

What is the name of the Decca K-69 album? Cover art?

What are the names of his Albums on the Majestic label?

SRS


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: open mike
Date: 21 Sep 09 - 12:21 PM

It is great to have Adam Miller here...welcome, and thanks for the links! the music lives on....

There is another you tube clip....17 of them, by the looks of it.
By Dancing Cat-out of Santa Cruz--interview by George Winston
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jcSLudnKFPA&feature=related


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: open mike
Date: 21 Sep 09 - 12:28 PM

what a joy to hear Sam...what an intelligent and well informed gentleman--and what a variety of creative talents he had...
music, art, fish, oceans....wow! (plus he spoke Gaelic and
knew a lot about history)

a reminder of what a great tool video is...to capture the
essence of such a wonderful person and preserve it for the future!!

sorry i never knew Sam while he was living
but i am glad to get the chance to see and hear him digitally!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: Thomas Stern
Date: 21 Sep 09 - 01:23 PM

The DECCA and MAJESTIC items I'm seeking are 10-inch, 78rpm, single
records, not albums.
So far, one Majestic disk has been reported 78-134, perhaps there are
others.
Thanks!
Thomas.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: Acme
Date: 21 Sep 09 - 01:54 PM

Maybe I'm being dense--"album" = "record" in the older recordings, in my reckoning. A disk, recorded on both sides, in a dust jacket, inserted into a cardboard cover, usually with information about the contents and some cover art. Is that not the case with these recordings? I was asking for a description of the exterior, to make it easier to look for them.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: GUEST,Ken Brock
Date: 21 Sep 09 - 01:57 PM

Before lp's came out in 1948. The term "album" was already in use for a group of 78's by the same artist or related topic in a single binder.

A single 78 would not be referred to as an album.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: autoharper
Date: 21 Sep 09 - 04:45 PM

Sam Hinton would have been the first person to tell you he DID NOT speak Gaelic. Yes, he does sing a few verses of "Eagle's Whistle Lullaby" in this language. He told me that when he recorded his Lp of Irish folksongs in 1957, "The Real McCoy," "...we had an Irish student here at Scripps who taught me some of the pronunciations in Gaelic. His name was Colm oH'eocha. He became President of the Galway Campus of the National University of Ireland. He's now retired."


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: Art Thieme
Date: 21 Sep 09 - 09:07 PM

A Mudcatter sent a PM to me asking about getting a CD copy of the old Old Town School of Folk Music concert that Sam did in March of 1965. The cassette I had self-destructed several years back. When I looked for the CD I made from the cassette, it was badly warped and unplayable. I do remember having a bunch of CDs get too close to the heat duct, but I didn't remember Sam's CD being one of those. It kills me to lose that one.

Art


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: BK Lick
Date: 02 Oct 09 - 09:17 PM

Here (click me) you can listen to a concert recorded in 1964 at the Ash Grove in Los Angeles. Very lovely stuff!


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: autoharper
Date: 02 Oct 09 - 10:03 PM

There's a particularly nice remembrance of Sam in the September 30 issue of the San Diego Reader:

http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/2009/sep/30/blurt1/

-Adam Miller


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: GUEST,Dick Krejsa
Date: 14 Oct 09 - 12:48 AM

I had the privilege of working in the Fish Collection within in the Scripps Aquarium building (we called it the "Green Zoo" then) with Sam (in 1957-58). At lunch time he would often play his guitar and/or sing songs for us: Carr, Dorothy, Dick, and me.

I remember various meetings with Sam & Leslie and I even went to the first organizational meeting of the San Diego Folk Song Society because of Sam. He was my first inspiration to do folk songs (before I knew of Pete Seeger) and all my children grew up hearing and singing songs from his various Folkways albums while growing up. They each had their favorites. As a zoologist, I wrote additional and alternative verses to "It's a Long Way to Amphioxus" and also my own (Chinese restaurant) version of "Whoever Shall Have Some Good Peanuts."

As a harmonica teacher for 14 years, and straight harp player, I can say without hesitation that Sam IS the greatest straight harp player I've ever heard! He most likely was the greatest in the world. I have only two regrets: I wish I had had Sam's recent "Master of the Solo Diatonic Harmonica" 2-disc album to offer my students when I was teaching harp; and the other regret is that I didn't get up to visit Sam in Albany before he died.

Thanks for your life, Sam, I feel deeply privileged and blessed to have known you. And, with 2000 songs to teach them, I'm sure that the angels in Heaven are hearing a different kind of harp music and singing now.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: autoharper
Date: 14 Oct 09 - 06:01 PM

Dick: please contact me off the list about your Sam's straight harp playing (I produced the CD).
-Adam Miller
autoharper@earthlink.net


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: Amos
Date: 30 May 10 - 10:35 AM

Best Bet: Hinton is gone, but festival to go on in Poway
Story
Discussion
By PAM KRAGEN - pkragen@nctimes.com | Posted: May 30, 2010 12:00 am | No

POWAY ---- Although San Diego folk music pioneer Sam Hinton passed away last fall, his legacy lives on next weekend with the return of the annual Sam Hinton Folk Heritage Festival to Old Poway Park.

Hinton spent 56 of his 92 years in La Jolla (where he was a biology professor at UC San Diego), and during his long, productive career he recorded a dozen solo albums (some 200 songs) of American folk songs and instrumental pieces. Following the death of his wife in 2005, Hinton moved to Northern California (where he died last September), but his influence on the local music scene was so important that the San Diego Folk Heritage organization renamed its annual folk festival in Hinton's honor in the mid-2000s.
"It's difficult to overestimate the impact that Sam had on music in San Diego," Dick Jay, chairman of San Diego Folk Heritage, said following Hinton's death last fall. "He founded the San Diego Folk Song Society more than 50 years ago, and it's still going strong. The musical programs that he presented at area schools for dozens of years gave kids an appreciation for traditional music. And he was a mainstay of the San Diego Folk Heritage festivals, so much so that we named our annual event for him."

As a special feature of this year's festival, event host Ken Graydon will perform a tribute to Hinton at 12:30 p.m.

This year's festival, running from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. June 5 will feature live music on the main stage at the park's outdoor Tanya Rose stage. Local folk singer Ken Graydon will emcee the show and perform the opening and Hinton tribute set, with eight other performers presenting 30-minute sets all day.

Also throughout the day, Allen Singer and Dane Terry will lead workshops on "finding your inner guitar" and harmonica-playing. A contra dance will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. in Templar's Hall with live music by Ranting Banshee. And in the Porter House, the Storytellers of San Diego will perform tales for all ages throughout the day, including American Indian tales, train stories, historical tales and stories from south of the border.
For those who want to continue the celebration, there is a $10 evening program at 7 p.m. in Templars Hall where the Storytellers group will perform spooky tales for grown-ups.
Old Poway Park is at 14134 Midland Road in Poway. All festival events except the evening storyteller program are free. Call 858-566-4040 or visit sdfolkheritage.org.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: Stringsinger
Date: 30 May 10 - 11:54 AM

Adam Miller probably knows more about Sam than anyone around.


Sam's colleague Bess Lomax Hawes is gone now. Sam was generous beyond measure. A great human being!


He also had the intelligence to foster and appreciate traditional folk music wherever it existed. He was an important part of my life and development in music as was Bess.
Ed Pearl had memorable concerts with Sam and Bess at the Ash Grove, an important musical institution in Los Angeles for the preservation and presentation of American folk music.

Sam's encounter with Woody could have been changed if he had sat down to pick with Woody. Woody didn't like palaver but he loved music. That was the way to communicate with him. I had the honor of doing that as one of Woody's "pickin' buddies".

Woody was a man of few words, publicly.

Sam was on the cutting edge of who was doing what in folk music. He introduced me to
hearing Larry Hanks, who I admire, and many others who I didn't know about. His early radio appearances on Major Bowes Amateur Hour were priceless along with his sisters. Sam was a reservoir of knowledge about so many things that I was in awe. That coupled with the fact that he was a great humanitarian makes his life an enduring legacy for folk music.

I was so lucky to be around Sam and Bess.

Frank


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Subject: RE: Obit: Sam Hinton RIP - 10 September 2009
From: Acme
Date: 30 May 10 - 12:32 PM

Thanks for that, Frank!

SRS


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