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Lonesome Gillette 01 Nov 00 - 09:02 AM
catspaw49 01 Nov 00 - 09:19 AM
Wesley S 01 Nov 00 - 09:44 AM
Troll 01 Nov 00 - 10:10 AM
Lonesome Gillette 01 Nov 00 - 10:43 AM
winniemih 01 Nov 00 - 10:45 AM
GUEST,Wolfgang 01 Nov 00 - 11:06 AM
paddymac 01 Nov 00 - 11:09 AM
Bill D 01 Nov 00 - 11:20 AM
Rick Fielding 01 Nov 00 - 11:27 AM
Troll 01 Nov 00 - 12:18 PM
Whistle Stop 01 Nov 00 - 12:57 PM
Rick Fielding 01 Nov 00 - 02:48 PM
Kim C 01 Nov 00 - 03:15 PM
Lonesome Gillette 01 Nov 00 - 03:17 PM
M. Ted (inactive) 01 Nov 00 - 07:18 PM
pastorpest 01 Nov 00 - 07:37 PM
catspaw49 01 Nov 00 - 07:46 PM
Crazy Eddie 02 Nov 00 - 05:14 AM
Naemanson 02 Nov 00 - 06:01 AM
Steve Parkes 02 Nov 00 - 06:08 AM
Amergin 02 Nov 00 - 06:24 AM
MikeofNorthumbria 02 Nov 00 - 06:39 AM
Steve Parkes 02 Nov 00 - 06:52 AM
Amergin 02 Nov 00 - 07:01 AM
Wolfgang 02 Nov 00 - 07:01 AM
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M. Ted (inactive) 03 Nov 00 - 03:49 PM
M. Ted (inactive) 03 Nov 00 - 05:13 PM
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Subject: Most Musical President
From: Lonesome Gillette
Date: 01 Nov 00 - 09:02 AM

Hey, who was the most musical president? Jefferson? Nixon, didn't he play bass for Moby Grape? Clinton, TOP notch sax player.

My vote is for Ralph Stanley this election, or maybe Nader, I haven't decided yet. I think Ralph would be the first banjo pickin President.


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Subject: RE: BS: Most Musical President
From: catspaw49
Date: 01 Nov 00 - 09:19 AM

All the more reason NOT to vote for him. I don't think Gore plays anything, but I do believe that Dubya is quite accomplished on Skin Flute.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Most Musical President
From: Wesley S
Date: 01 Nov 00 - 09:44 AM

Spaw - There are a lot of folks out there that think that Shrub { aka Dubya } really blows.


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Subject: RE: BS: Most Musical President
From: Troll
Date: 01 Nov 00 - 10:10 AM

Couldn't be Gore,'cause he sucks and I don't know of any instrument (except the bonaphone) thats played that way.
Truman played a mean piano.Clinton plays good sax but the reviews I read said he was pretty stiff and couldn't seem to "get down" when others did.

troll


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Subject: RE: BS: Most Musical President
From: Lonesome Gillette
Date: 01 Nov 00 - 10:43 AM

I suck on my harmonica


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Subject: RE: BS: Most Musical President
From: winniemih
Date: 01 Nov 00 - 10:45 AM

It seems that any politico is quite accomplished at tooting his/her own horn!


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Subject: RE: BS: Most Musical President
From: GUEST,Wolfgang
Date: 01 Nov 00 - 11:06 AM

Walter Scheel, for sure, for he was in the charts singing a folksong when he was president of Germany.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: BS: Most Musical President
From: paddymac
Date: 01 Nov 00 - 11:09 AM

Did you hear the one about Al & Tipper Gore making pillow talk one night after a state reception at the White House? Al, of course, was the center of it all, but he was telling Tipper that he couldn't wait to live in the White House. He knew it was a most prestigious place, but had never realized how opulant it was. He even told her about the gold urinal in the executive bathroom. Tipper found that a bit difficult to believe, so she called Hillary to confirm the story. That night as Bill & Hillary were making pillow talk, Hillary said: "Bill, honey, I think I know who pissed in your saxophone last night."

Hey, it's the only joke I've ever heard about music & presidents.


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Subject: RE: BS: Most Musical President
From: Bill D
Date: 01 Nov 00 - 11:20 AM

Thank you, Wolfgang, for reminding us....*smile*...

LOTS of places have presidents!...and some can sing!


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Subject: RE: BS: Most Musical President
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 01 Nov 00 - 11:27 AM

Don't mean to mess with the homour here Lonesome, but the otherwise Machiavellian Richard Milhous Nixon played piano on the Grand Ol Opry. He smiled, looked incredibly relaxed (not surprising, since Roy Acuff was eating it up, and egging him on)

Jefferson, of course could play some instruments and even had "Jam" sessions up at the mansion. Not sure if he told the band of aristocrat pickers...."Oh I've got a girlfriend who can REALLY sing.....and brought Sally Hemmings up from the slave quarters for a tune.

Rick


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Subject: RE: BS: Most Musical President
From: Troll
Date: 01 Nov 00 - 12:18 PM

Lonesome Gillette. I stand corrected. I don't play one myself (my Wife refuses to let me own one) so I didn't consider it.
Thanks for the correction.
I've TRIED to play one, which is why Herself won't let me own one.***sigh***

troll


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Subject: RE: BS: Most Musical President
From: Whistle Stop
Date: 01 Nov 00 - 12:57 PM

Well, Nixon was the one with a home recording studio.


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Subject: RE: BS: Most Musical President
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 01 Nov 00 - 02:48 PM

Ten points Whistle!

Rick


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Subject: RE: BS: Most Musical President
From: Kim C
Date: 01 Nov 00 - 03:15 PM

Jefferson Davis supposedly played the fiddle but I don't know if that's true or not. I reckon Nixon is the only President ever to have played on the Opry. Thomas Jefferson supposedly had a fiddle and a banjo. Lamar Alexander, former Presidential almost-candidate, is a fine pianist.

Personally I wish Ted Nugent would run for President.


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Subject: RE: BS: Most Musical President
From: Lonesome Gillette
Date: 01 Nov 00 - 03:17 PM

Hey Rick, I did start this out trying to be funny (I like the Nixon/Moby grape image) but it is an interesting "serious" question. Jefferson may have tried playing banjo, I know he mentioned them in some of his writings, I think he described it as an instrument played by the slaves (or something like that).


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Subject: RE: BS: Most Musical President
From: M. Ted (inactive)
Date: 01 Nov 00 - 07:18 PM

Nixon was a songwriter as well--and he played the Opry-- he may have been the president most likely to be a Mudcatter!!(of course, he couldn't join, because Al Gore hadn't invented the internet yet)


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Subject: RE: BS: Most Musical President
From: pastorpest
Date: 01 Nov 00 - 07:37 PM

As a non-American I know only one musical reference from a president. General then President U S Grant said "I only know two songs: one is Yankee doodle and the other one isn't." At least that is how I remember the quote.


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Subject: RE: BS: Most Musical President
From: catspaw49
Date: 01 Nov 00 - 07:46 PM

pastorpest......You got it right. I like turning it to accordion players......They only know two songs, one is Lady of Spain and the other isn't.

Both Andrew Jackson and his wife were very musical and played both banjo and guitar, quite well it seems from reports at the time. She was they say far better and a helluva' banjo player. She loved the guitar and Jackson's driveway at their Tennessee home in Nashville, the Hermitage, is made in the shape of a guitar.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: BS: Most Musical President
From: Crazy Eddie
Date: 02 Nov 00 - 05:14 AM

Maybe I misheard this, but I thought I heard a lot of people say that Richard Nixon had a big Lyre!


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Subject: RE: BS: Most Musical President
From: Naemanson
Date: 02 Nov 00 - 06:01 AM

I remember an NPR report from sometime over this last year about which of the presidents were musical. I think most of them from the age before radio and TV played some kind of instrument.

Of course, that makes sense. Politicoes from any age want to be the center of attention and how best to do that than to bring a musical instrument to a party.


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Subject: RE: BS: Most Musical President
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 02 Nov 00 - 06:08 AM

Being british, of course, I'm no expert; but how about Garfield? (The president, not the cat!) He may not have been musical himself (well, he may have been for all I know), but there seem to be an awful lot of songs and tunes with his name on them.

Didn't someone try to blow his brains out?

Steve


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Subject: RE: BS: Most Musical President
From: Amergin
Date: 02 Nov 00 - 06:24 AM

Charles Giteau didn't try to kill him....he succeeded...


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Subject: RE: BS: Most Musical President
From: MikeofNorthumbria
Date: 02 Nov 00 - 06:39 AM

US citizens may argue over the merits of Richard Nixon as head of state - far be it from me to comment from this side of the pond. But IMHO it stands to Nixon's eternal credit that he threw a 70th birthday party in the White House for Duke Ellington, and played "Happy Birthday" on the piano himself.

It seems a pity that no subsequent President has done the same for Pete Seeger, or Doc Watson, or ... name your own favourite candidate.

Wassail!


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Subject: RE: BS: Most Musical President
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 02 Nov 00 - 06:52 AM

Yes, Amergin, I know -- but that wasn't what I asked!


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Subject: RE: BS: Most Musical President
From: Amergin
Date: 02 Nov 00 - 07:01 AM

Didn't someone try to blow his brains out?


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Subject: RE: BS: Most Musical President
From: Wolfgang
Date: 02 Nov 00 - 07:01 AM

as for the musicality of Nixon, think of all the tapes with Irish folk he had in his office as proved by this song:

...Now Irish folk sessions around his desk are all the go, Sing...
While his men were bugging Watergate for songs they didn't know, Sing...
And the tapes he won't hand over with the words of "The Wild Rover",
"A Nation once again" and "The Foggy Dew",
If they only take the mickey, but you can't fool Tricky Dicky, Sing...

more verses here: THE NEW MORNING DEW.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: BS: Most Musical President
From: annamill
Date: 02 Nov 00 - 07:31 AM

Lincoln liked the opera..I once saw Nixon on laugh-in, but he wasn't singing..

L.,A.


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Subject: RE: BS: Most Musical President
From: Rick Fielding
Date: 02 Nov 00 - 11:54 AM

OK Cats...which Vice president wrote a hit song? Seriously.

Rick


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Subject: RE: BS: Most Musical President
From: GUEST,Gator gone Adirondack...
Date: 02 Nov 00 - 06:31 PM

Was Hogey Carmichial ever V.P.????


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Subject: RE: BS: Most Musical President
From: BDtheQB
Date: 02 Nov 00 - 11:55 PM

Truman played piano, Johnson played the Congress, Nixon piddled on piano while the Watergate burned, but Wilson had his Phillips wind up a sound machine, while Clinton had his Sax with a woodwind, upturned. All the people that want attention, have played a song, some sing themselves, others are forlorned. Apologies to all songwriters and poets the world over.


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Subject: RE: BS: Most Musical President
From: GUEST,John Gray/Australia
Date: 03 Nov 00 - 04:59 AM

Well, not a president, not yet anyway, but ex-general and chief of the Indonesian armed forces Wiranto has, now that was sacked over his handling of the military in East Timor, taken up pop singing. That's about the most unusual career change I'm aware of.

JG / FME


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Subject: RE: BS: Most Musical President
From: Steve Parkes
Date: 03 Nov 00 - 06:20 AM

Someone reminded me this morning that Frank Zappa had intenede to run for President. Now there's a dream ticket!


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Subject: RE: BS: Most Musical President
From: Troll
Date: 03 Nov 00 - 07:25 AM

On "Laugh-in" Nixon said," Sock it to me".
Prophetic words.
They did.

troll


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Subject: RE: BS: Most Musical President
From: The Shambles
Date: 03 Nov 00 - 03:02 PM

Was there ever one called Bell?


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Subject: RE: BS: Most Musical President
From: M. Ted (inactive)
Date: 03 Nov 00 - 03:49 PM

Charles Dawes, Vice-President und Calvin Coolidge(1925-29), wrote, "It's All in the Game" in 1912--I guess he kept his day job, though--


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Subject: RE: BS: Most Musical President
From: M. Ted (inactive)
Date: 03 Nov 00 - 05:13 PM

Apparently, though he is best remembered today for writing this song, Dawes also won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1925-- Nobel Peace Laurate Charles G. Dawes


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Subject: RE: BS: Most Musical President
From: The Shambles
Date: 03 Nov 00 - 05:55 PM

No Bell. the nearest with a musical name was Millard Fillmore. Were the auditoriums named after him?


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Subject: RE: BS: Most Musical President
From: M. Ted (inactive)
Date: 03 Nov 00 - 07:35 PM

The Fillmore East was named after the Fillmore West, which was on Fillmore Street in SF--but Fillmore is between Pierce and Buchanan, and not far from Clay and Webster--so, obviously, the streets were named for presidents and major political figures of the day--and in a sense, anyway, they were named for Millard Fillmore (not one of our best presidents)--


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Subject: RE: BS: Most Musical President
From: BDtheQB
Date: 03 Nov 00 - 09:42 PM

Mallard Fillmore, a Duck La' Orangeman.. ( a protesting non catholic, you know..) and that's why he was ducking... I mean, he was in Belfast... and speaking of Bell fast.. Liberty Bell was an actual person who lived with Tom Jefferson, unfortunately she was a non-free, non-caucasoid person, thereby nullifying the name..


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Subject: RE: BS: Most Musical President
From: The Shambles
Date: 04 Nov 00 - 08:10 AM

Red Crested Pochard, is about the only orange duck I can think of, or maybe Mandarin duck?

It was Millard, rather than Mallard wasn't it?

I would like to hear more of this Liberty Bell.


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Subject: RE: BS: Most Musical President
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 04 Nov 00 - 09:32 PM

Speaking of songwriting and presidents, don't forget this thread.

--Charlie Baum


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