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The Wreck of G. & S. I.

GUEST,BillyJones 02 Jun 11 - 02:53 PM
Joe Offer 02 Jun 11 - 06:14 PM
GUEST,l cahill 24 Oct 12 - 02:58 PM
GUEST,lcahill 24 Oct 12 - 03:06 PM
GUEST 29 Jan 14 - 08:40 PM
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Subject: Folklore: The Wreck of G. & S. I.
From: GUEST,BillyJones
Date: 02 Jun 11 - 02:53 PM

Where can I find the song "The Wreck of The G. & S. I.", by Happy Bud Harrison? I have looked in countless places but I could not find the song anywhere. Can some one give me info on where to find the song? thnx      
         -BJ


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Subject: RE: The Wreck of G. & S. I.
From: Joe Offer
Date: 02 Jun 11 - 06:14 PM

Boy, that's going to be a hard one, Billy. How did you hear of the song? Norm Cohen's The Long Steel Rail makes mention of the song on page 274, but does not furnish lyrics. Here's what Cohen says:
    Wreck of the G & SI: A recorded ballad about a wreck on the Gulf and Ship Island Railroad in southern Mississippi on Christmas Day (year unknown).
    Van Martin is identified as the engineer on Train 64; no other details are available.
    Recorded by Happy Bud Harrison on Vocalion 5350 (ca. 1929)

Here's the Traditional Ballad Index entry on the song:

    Wreck of the G & SI

    DESCRIPTION: On Christmas Day, engineer Van Martin's Train 64 is wrecked on the Gulf and Ship Island Railroad.
    AUTHOR: unknown
    EARLIEST DATE: c. 1929 (recording by Happy Bud Harrison)
    KEYWORDS: train wreck
    FOUND IN:
    REFERENCES (1 citation):
    Cohen-LSRail, p. 274, "Wreck of G & SI" (notes only)
    RECORDINGS:
    Happy Bud Harrison, "Wreck of The G.& S.I." (Vocalion 5350)
    File: LSRa274P

    Go to the Ballad Search form
    Go to the Ballad Index Instructions
    Go to the Bibliography
    Go to the Discography

    The Ballad Index Copyright 2010 by Robert B. Waltz and David G. Engle.


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Subject: RE: The Wreck of G. & S. I.
From: GUEST,l cahill
Date: 24 Oct 12 - 02:58 PM

My fathers uncle was killed on this train. I would love to find the record.


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Subject: RE: The Wreck of G. & S. I.
From: GUEST,lcahill
Date: 24 Oct 12 - 03:06 PM

The train wreck was on DEC 24, 1926


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Subject: RE: The Wreck of G. & S. I.
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Jan 14 - 08:40 PM

the wreck was Dec 25 1926


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