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Studs Terkel with Frank Hamilton & Martha Schlamme

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BK Lick 28 Jun 10 - 07:29 PM
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Subject: Studs Terkel with Frank Hamilton & Martha Schlamme
From: BK Lick
Date: 28 Jun 10 - 07:29 PM

Radio station WFMT just replayed a 1960 interview Studs Terkel did with Frank Hamilton and Martha Schlamme,
who were appearing together at the time at the fabled Gate Of Horn in Chicago. I recorded it and have (with
Frank's permission) put it on my webspace. —BK

  1. Introduction - conversation
  2. Shepherd Song (Israeli)
  3. conversation
  4. Yerakina (Greek)
  5. conversation
  6. Macaroni (Italian)
  7. conversation
  8. Nine Hundred Miles (FH with 5-string)
  9. conversation
  10. In the Evenin' When the Sun Goes Down (FH with guitar)
  11. conversation
  12. Woman! Go Home! (Dyer-Bennet's translation of Austrian song)
  13. conversation
  14. Que Bonita Bandera (Spanish)
  15. closing


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Subject: RE: Studs
From: Art Thieme
Date: 28 Jun 10 - 09:09 PM

BKLick has provided yet another thaumaturgic offering for the edification and entertainment of us all. In 1959 and '60 I was beginning to hang out around the Gate of Horn back in those incandescent musical times. The duo of Frank and Martha seemed like a bit of a stretch, but the blend was wonderful. "Yerakina" was just great when Frank took hold of it and arranged it. Later, as as member of the Weavers, Frank and the Ronnie, Lee and Fred made a classic record of the song for Vanguard Records---a Weavers Reunion Concert I think it was.

BK, Thanks for all of the music you've made available on Mudcat. And thanks so much for making space on your site for all of my folk snapshots. You, good sir, are a marvel!

Art


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Subject: RE: Studs
From: Crowhugger
Date: 28 Jun 10 - 09:23 PM

What a wonderful trip down memory lane! 900 Miles, Woman Go Home, and Que Bonita Bandera were were all sung to me as a small child in the early '60s by my mother, and through much of my childhood. I still sing 900 Miles now and then (she taught me a different 3rd verse) but I'd forgotten all about the other two, which I'll now go sing for old time's sake. As I recall, for 900 & QBB Mom used the calypso strum she learned from a Pete Seeger guitar-learning record (da-da-da da-da-da da-da) at breakneck speed for QBB. Not long before she became ill and died, Mom and I sang together at an open stage, doing 900 miles and some other songs, me often but not always singing harmony.

BK Lick, I can't thank you enough for giving me this chance to relive a special time, as well as Frank for letting the music be posted to your web site.

~CH.


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Subject: RE: Studs Terkel with Frank Hamilton & Martha Schlamme
From: BK Lick
Date: 04 Jul 10 - 11:35 PM

Refish...


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Subject: RE: Studs Terkel with Frank Hamilton & Martha Schlamme
From: olddude
Date: 04 Jul 10 - 11:37 PM

OMG how cool is this, and Frank knows he is a music hero to me!!


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Subject: RE: Studs Terkel with Frank Hamilton & Martha Schlamme
From: katlaughing
Date: 05 Jul 10 - 12:22 AM

Don't know how I missed this! Thanks, so much. We shall listen to it, tomorrow evening when the house is nice and quiet and, knowing Frank, we shall enjoy it immensely.

Thanks!


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Subject: RE: Studs Terkel with Frank Hamilton & Martha Schl
From: Stringsinger
Date: 18 Jul 10 - 12:45 PM

Thank you all for your generous comments. That was a turbulent time for me. I underwent a nasty divorce subsequently. Martha was very charitable and a really nice person. I was sort of confused in those days about my priorities. I managed to get into hot water with Martha and another great singer of Jewish songs, Shoshana Damari. I accompanied them both at the Gate of Horn. One fatal day, I overbooked myself between the two singers. With Martha, I sort of alienated her by refusing to rehearse as much as she wanted and with Shoshana, because I had come from a Martha booking, I was late. I pretty much cooked my goose
with both singers on that day.

Martha had an actress ability and was a wonderful "chanteuse" personality. She had an ingratiating way with an audience even though she had specialized material. Shoshana
was a legend in Israel. She was a Yemenite Jew who retained her musical culture which was quite unique. She was a rascal who would make sexual references on stage which inevitably made me blush. She was also a striking and not unattractive lady but very outspoken and sometimes a lot of fun.

She was a friend of Danny Kaye who came into the Gate of Horn to see her. I often thought that Danny Kaye (born Kaminsky) absorbed much of the Jewish Second Avenue Musical Theater including the performances of Aaron Lebedev, the great Yiddish theater singer.

Martha and Shoshana were studies in contrast. Martha was kind of "uptown" chanteuse which made our appearances at the Empire Room in Chicago's Palmer House available to the well-heeled. Shoshana, by contrast was an Edith Piaf type who brought forth a genuine folk tradition from the Yemenites. They both were marvelous performers and had devoted followers. I, on the other hand, was a urban folkie who picked banjo and geetar and sang as much as I could of the trad American songs but also loved international music. After our rift, Martha wasn't sure I added much to her act. Shoshana was completely bent out of shape.

Studs was always an appreciative host on his radio program and managed I think to really capture the talented people he had on his show in a meaningful way.

Again, thank you all for your interest.

Frank


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Subject: RE: Studs Terkel with Frank Hamilton & Martha Schl
From: Stringsinger
Date: 18 Jul 10 - 12:46 PM

I also want to thank Bruce Kalick for making this interview possible on Mucat.

Frank


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Subject: RE: Studs Terkel with Frank Hamilton & Martha Schlamme
From: Alice
Date: 18 Jul 10 - 12:52 PM

This is a treasure. Thank you for bringing this to us.


Alice


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Subject: RE: Studs Terkel with Frank Hamilton & Martha Schlamme
From: BK Lick
Date: 19 Jul 10 - 08:03 PM

It's always such a treat when Art and Frank reminisce about the good old times.
In this thread Art recalls an interview he did with Studs and later in the thread
there's a link to an mp3 of it.
—BK


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