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Obit: Damon Black, songwriter (2005?)

GUEST,Arkie 29 Mar 06 - 09:49 PM
pdq 29 Mar 06 - 10:05 PM
GUEST,Dale 29 Mar 06 - 11:21 PM
Scoville 29 Mar 06 - 11:36 PM
GUEST,Arkie 30 Mar 06 - 09:44 AM
Big Jim from Jackson 30 Mar 06 - 10:48 AM
GUEST,Arkie 30 Mar 06 - 01:23 PM
Big Jim from Jackson 30 Mar 06 - 11:01 PM
Peace 19 Aug 09 - 01:47 AM
GUEST,Juanita (Anita) Southern 06 Dec 09 - 09:35 AM
Arkie 06 Dec 09 - 12:30 PM
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GUEST,David Black 24 May 10 - 09:32 PM
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GUEST,Lnm 27 Jul 11 - 05:46 AM
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Arkie 14 Aug 12 - 12:11 PM
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Subject: Damon Black, songwriter
From: GUEST,Arkie
Date: 29 Mar 06 - 09:49 PM

I just saw this article on the passing of Damon Black. It is almost a year old.

Damon Black was a man of many talents, politics not being the least of them.

The native of Bonne Terre was the consummate politician, having been elected county assessor an unprecedented seven times - serving in that office for 29 years. Though a staunch Democrat, Black knew that it took more than party affiliations to be successful in St. Francois County elections and thus played to all voters.

As outgoing as he was as a politician, this Democrat was paradoxically shy in regard to other aspects of his life. Like many members of the Black family, Damon loved to play music and to sing, but was a reluctant performer. What many people did not know was that Black was an accomplished song writer. He wrote scores of songs that were recorded by some of the most famous names in country music, the likes of Mel Tillis, Porter Waggoner and Dolly Parton - just to name a few.

There were many in Nashville, the Music Capital of the World, who urged Black to relocate there and make music his full-time occupation. Instead, Black was more comfortable with his friends in the Lead Belt where he was born and grew up.

Black was often the champion of the St. Francois County property owners, even without their knowledge, as he did battle with the State Tax Commission over assessments. There were times, too, when he would, with a smirk on his face, play the Devil's Advocate in challenging other courthouse officials about local government issues. Sometimes it was in fun and other times it was deadly earnest.

Having struggled with several health problems over the last four years of his life, Black appeared to have won those battles when he suddenly died May 24 at a St. Louis hospital.

I Haven't Seen Mary In Years, Jake Satterfield, Tall Pines, Arkansas, and Brewster's Farm are among the many songs written by Black in the past 35 years. Bill Monroe, Porter Wagoner, Mel Tillis, and the Osborne Brothers are among the artists who recorded his songs.


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Subject: RE: Damon Black, songwriter
From: pdq
Date: 29 Mar 06 - 10:05 PM

"Tall Pines" as done by "Red" Rector and Bill Clifton is a masterpiece.

I will listen to it tonight in honor of Mr. Black.


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Subject: RE: Damon Black, songwriter
From: GUEST,Dale
Date: 29 Mar 06 - 11:21 PM

Yes, this is something I had missed along the line, too. Sorry to hear it, even at this late date.

One of the better known Damon Black compositions that nearly passed for an old folk song, at least around here, was Jake Satterfield. The style and subject matter make it seem far older than it actually is.

One of Porter Wagoner's later albums was composed entirely of Damon Black compositions.


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Subject: RE: Damon Black, songwriter
From: Scoville
Date: 29 Mar 06 - 11:36 PM

Ack! I've been trying to find information on this guy for ages (ever since I learned "Tall Pines" onstage at a bluegrass show, actually). What else do y'all know about him, or where can I find out?


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Subject: RE: Damon Black, songwriter
From: GUEST,Arkie
Date: 30 Mar 06 - 09:44 AM

The following article reveals some information about Damon Black and explains how Porter Wagoner came to record the CD, "The Best I've Ever Been". Every track on this CD but one was written by Black


Damon Black


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Subject: RE: Damon Black, songwriter
From: Big Jim from Jackson
Date: 30 Mar 06 - 10:48 AM

A friend of mine in Cape Girardeau named Dan Wiethop knew Mr. Black and often does his songs. The songs he plays and sings are not the ones mentioned above, but they are remarkabley well writen and the tunes are very nice. Some are funny and some are deadly serious. I didn't know Mr. Black myself; but, through Dan, I sort of felt I did.


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Subject: RE: Damon Black, songwriter
From: GUEST,Arkie
Date: 30 Mar 06 - 01:23 PM

Glad to know where Dan is these days. I met him when he was in Arkansas at the the West Fork Opry.   He performed in Mountain View several times.   Damon Black was basically a story teller and a good one.   At some point I would like to find or collect information on his total body of work.   One song I am presently trying to locate is about a contented farm couple who take in a farm hand who eventually attracts the affections of the wife resulting in the murder of the husband who is buried in grave in the woods.   In time the couple is trapped in a snowstorm and the only escape is through the woods where the husband is buried.   The horse or mule carrying them to safety will not pass the grave of the farmer.


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Subject: RE: Damon Black, songwriter
From: Big Jim from Jackson
Date: 30 Mar 06 - 11:01 PM

I haven't heard Dan sing that one, but I'll ask him about it on Saturday. He'll be helping KRCU Public Radio in their fund drive by performing live (along with a bunch of others) on "Your Folk Connection" from 7 to 9 PM. We stream on line, so give us a listen at www.krcu.org.


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Subject: RE: Damon Black, songwriter
From: Peace
Date: 19 Aug 09 - 01:47 AM

Subject: Lyr Add: SIMON CRUTCHFIELD'S GRAVE (Damon Black)
From: Jim Dixon - PM
Date: 26 Aug 02 - 12:12 PM

Lyrics copied from http://www.therarelyherd.com/wts/Lyrics6.html
(Sorry, the website doesn't give any history.)

SIMON CRUTCHFIELD'S GRAVE
(Damon Black)

I remember very well a tale my Daddy used to tell
About old Simon Crutchfield and his friends.
Now Mary was his pretty wife and they loved every breath of life
Before they took old Riley Harper in.
Now Simon plowed and worked the fields, Mary cooked their meals,
And Riley kept and eye out on the plains.
Still no one knows just when this episode came to an end.
They only know of Simon Crutchfield's grave.

Mary Crutchfield, you should be ashamed.
Get on your knees and pray your soul be saved.
Riley Harper, if the devil is to blame,
Why can't you drive by Simon Crutchfield's grave?

In the year of 1864, a blizzard came across the moor.
All the crops were sold out, none were saved.
And the only way to get to town was a wagon road that wound around
Through the woods by Simon Crutchfield's grave.
Now some folks say that they lay there at least six months or more
Before an old fur trapper found their bones.
He claimed they wrote their epitaph upon the cabin door
Just as it reads today on marble stone.

Mary Crutchfield, here lies Mary Crutchfield.
'Cause she betrayed the love that Simon gave.
Riley Harper, here lies Riley Harper.
'Cause he couldn't drive by Simon Crutchfield's grave.

[As sung by The Rarely Herd on "Midnight Loneliness," Pinecastle CD 1009, 1992.]


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Subject: RE: Damon Black, songwriter
From: GUEST,Juanita (Anita) Southern
Date: 06 Dec 09 - 09:35 AM

Damon and I had songs recorded about the same time in Nashville. I have wondered what happened to him. He was a wonderful songwriter. I recall he was asked to move to Nashville, but like me, that was not his lifestyle. He leaves us with many good songs, of the days when Country Music was the best. Anita Southern of West Virginia


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Subject: RE: Damon Black, songwriter
From: Arkie
Date: 06 Dec 09 - 12:30 PM

Peace, thanks for posting Simon Crutchfield's Grave.


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Subject: RE: Damon Black, songwriter
From: pdq
Date: 06 Dec 09 - 12:48 PM

In 2000, Porter Wagoner released a record called "The Best I've Ever Been".

All songs written by Damon Black.

Several of Black's songs are on other records by Porter Wagoner, a fellow MO native.


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Subject: RE: Damon Black, songwriter
From: Arkie
Date: 06 Dec 09 - 05:32 PM

Porter Wagoner's website had some comments on "The Best I've Ever Been" recording. If they are still there it would be worth reading. Porter told of receiving a tape from Damon with the request that he record these songs. His reaction was that he was fond of Damon and did not want to hurt his feelings but he was no longer recording and he put the tape aside for a while. One afternoon he began to play the tape and wound up listening to it over and over for several hours. Porter's voice is certainly not what it once was, but, in my opinion, it is one of his best recordings. There are some good songs there. Personal favorites were Brewster's Farm and House of Mulberry Street. Black was an exceptional storyteller.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Damon Black, songwriter (2005?)
From: Arkie
Date: 06 Dec 09 - 06:10 PM

If anyone is interested, The Best I've Ever Been can be picked up for $72.55 on Amazon.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Damon Black, songwriter (2005?)
From: GUEST,David Black
Date: 24 May 10 - 09:32 PM

Damon is my Father. Today has been 5 years since his passing. I miss him dearly.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Damon Black, songwriter (2005?)
From: GUEST,DWR
Date: 24 May 10 - 09:53 PM

Thanks for stopping by, David. There are a lot of us here who think very highly of your father, and not just for his songs, good though they are.

Dale


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Subject: RE: Obit: Damon Black, songwriter (2005?)
From: GUEST,Lnm
Date: 27 Jul 11 - 05:46 AM

Damon Black was my uncle growing as a child my mother always spoke of his talent. But,as I got old I got to see how talented he was I am very proud to say that Damon Black is my uncle he was a great man a honest and hard working man that loved his family and friends very much. I have the Cd of porter's The Best I've ever been. And it is a wonderful Cd I never get tired of listening to it. He is sadly missed by all he was takin away from his family to soon. I have wonderful memories of him that I will carry with me forever.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Damon Black, songwriter (2005?)
From: GUEST,Marsha Black
Date: 13 Aug 12 - 01:20 PM

A true talent, a wonderful person, an honest man, a child of God, and my Uncle.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Damon Black, songwriter (2005?)
From: GUEST,999
Date: 14 Aug 12 - 09:52 AM

Damon's "I Haven't Seen Mary in Years" by Bill and James Monroe


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Subject: RE: Obit: Damon Black, songwriter (2005?)
From: Arkie
Date: 14 Aug 12 - 12:11 PM

Nice to see posts from Damon's family. Though I never knew him personally, interest grew out of the discovery that he was the writer of several songs that I deeply appreciate and enjoy. He did seem to be a remarkable and admirable person as well as a gifted storyteller.

Simon Crutchfield's Grave

Teddy and Doyle Wilburn were from northeast Arkansas and may have known Damon.


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Subject: RE: Obit: Damon Black, songwriter (2005?)
From: GUEST,Anton
Date: 17 Jul 15 - 06:46 AM

I'm really glad I stumbled upon this thread and learned this bit of songwriting history. I'm looking for the lyrics to Jake Satterfield and have not seen them anywhere; if someone could point me to them I'd be grateful.

Until then, I'll be listening to every version I can find...


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Subject: RE: Obit: Damon Black, songwriter (2005?)
From: GUEST
Date: 08 Feb 17 - 11:00 PM

Simon crutchfields grave


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Subject: RE: Obit: Damon Black, songwriter (2005?)
From: GUEST,David Black son
Date: 22 Aug 17 - 12:58 PM

I would deeply like to take the time to thank each and everyone of you who commented on my father   Never with her kinder words spoken it's been 12 years now   seems like yesterday   thank each and everyone of you from the bottom of my heart .


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Subject: RE: Obit: Damon Black, songwriter (2005?)
From: GUEST,Guest .Edderd
Date: 22 Aug 17 - 03:31 PM

Years ago I was in Mountain View Arkansas and a fellow did a song that he called Taking Daisy to the sale. Was about two boys taking a milk cow to the livestock sale because " the grocery bill was way behind". The song intrigued me and the fellow recorded it on my tape recorder .i learned it and do it now and then. The fellow said that he had gotten it off some guy from Missouri. Later I heard some of Damon Blacks songs and wondered if might have been written by him. Would anyone know?
    Thanks


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