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Subject: Wallace Saunders made Casey Jones
From: GUEST,Guest who is Luke
Date: 21 Feb 02 - 09:05 AM

Wondering what happened to the guy who made us all aware of Casey Jones. Did he write any more songs that were made popular by other folks?


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Subject: RE: Help: Wallace Saunders made Casey Jones
From: Louie Roy
Date: 22 Feb 02 - 12:51 AM

I don't know who Wallace Saunders is but Casey Jones
The Brave Engineer was written by Lawrence Siebert and the music was written by Eddie Newton in 1909.Louie Roy


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Subject: RE: Help: Wallace Saunders made Casey Jones
From: GUEST,Guest Dave
Date: 14 Feb 11 - 09:19 AM

Walace Saunders was Casey's Conductor when he died. He originally Wrote Casey Jones, He was not know to write any new songs






- Dave



Beverlye Middle School


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Subject: RE: Help: Wallace Saunders made Casey Jones
From: GUEST,The Guest Dave
Date: 14 Feb 11 - 09:48 AM

Excuse me he was his fireman on a fatefull run to canton Missisipi, Jumped just in time


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Subject: RE: Help: Wallace Saunders made Casey Jones
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Feb 11 - 10:33 PM

Wallace Saunders was an "engine wiper" in the shops at Canton, Miss.
Casey's fireman was Sim Webb and his conductor J. C. Turner.

Wallace Saunders was an engine wiper in the railroad shop at Canton. Bruce Gurner says creating simple ballads about people and events seems to have been his talent.

Saunders knew Casey Jones and composed a ballad which he played and sang in Canton. The fact that some liberties were taken with the story had no effect on the song's popularity.

"It was an instant success," says railroad historian Bruce Gurner, "and was soon being whistled and sung up and down the Illinois Central."

Illinois Central Engineer William Leighton heard the song and made it known to his brothers, Frank and Bert, who were vaudeville performers. They sang it in theaters around the country, adding a chorus.

T. Lawrence Seibert was credited with the words and Eddie Newton the music when it was published and offered for sale in 1902. By World War I dozens of versions had been published and millions of copies sold creating a new American folk hero.

Casey was a legend. The song made him that, but ironically neither his wife, Janie, nor any member of his family ever received a cent from the proceeds of the song.

Neither did Wallace Saunders.

(From the Water Valley Casey Jones Museum website)


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