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Lyr Req: The Fate of the Fleagle Gang

Fettiplace 16 Nov 06 - 11:23 AM
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Subject: Lyr Req: The Fate of the Fleagle Gang
From: Fettiplace
Date: 16 Nov 06 - 11:23 AM

Hi
I'm searching for the Lyrics to a Ballad by Bud Billings. Title: The Fate of the Fleagle Gang.   The ballad is about a gang of Bank Robbers who were active around the 30s.   The Fleagles were neighbors of my father's family during his childhood. Dad (now in his 80s) used to know the words to the song and is trying to remember them. I would love to find the words for him.

Thanks for your help.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Fate of the Fleagle Gang
From: Peace
Date: 16 Nov 06 - 11:29 AM

'And, of course, the whole Fleagle affair was immortalized in verse and song. On January 22, 1931, the White River Leader carried on its. front page the words to a Bud Billings Ballad, advertised inside the paper as available on a Victor recording, detailing "The Fate of the Fleagle Gang".'

from this site.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Fate of the Fleagle Gang
From: Peace
Date: 16 Nov 06 - 11:47 AM

I think it will take one of the 'heavies' (in the Jim Dixon class) to locate these lyrics. But I will continue to look anyway.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Fate of the Fleagle Gang
From: Snuffy
Date: 16 Nov 06 - 12:03 PM

It was recorded by Bud Billings on 78.

There is a CD available of Frank Luther.

There is also a field recording of Don Brandner at Wichita State University Libraries - see Box 36 reel FF6


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Fate of the Fleagle Gang
From: Mo the caller
Date: 16 Nov 06 - 03:26 PM

I thought it was a varitant of
The Bite of the Flumble Flea
by rimski-wotsit


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Subject: Lyr Add: THE FATE OF THE FLEAGLE GANG
From: GUEST,Fettiplace
Date: 16 Nov 06 - 11:18 PM

Hi
The lyrics have been found!

By the way, Bud Billings is a stage name for Frank Luther.


From the email I received:

The copy of "THE FATE OF THE FLEAGLE GANG" that we have in our
collection is from the Austin and Alta Fife American Collection: FOLK
COLL 4, no. 2, Vol. 31 (Extracts from the Stella M. Hendren Collection), item 624. The items in the Hendren Collection come from (as the Fife's write in the collection preface) "the extensive but unorganized collection of songs gathered largely since 1940 by Mrs. Stella M.Hendren of Kooskia, Idaho. Mrs. Hendren loaned us [Fife's] two suitcases filled with handwritten or typed copies of songs and song text clipped from farm journals and other periodicals."

For your reference, below is Item 624: "The Fate of the Fleagle Gang"

In ink on lined paper.

Now listen my friends and I'll tell you
A story of bandits so bold
Way out in Lamar Colorado
They robbed the town's bank of its gold.

Two innocent bankers were murdered
And another one carried from town
In a cabin way up in the mountains
The poor fellows body was found.

Then one of the bandits were wounded
And begged for relief from his pain
They went for a doctor to aid him
And later the doctor was slain.

As last in an Illinois city
One of the bandits was found
Ralph Fleagle then made his confession
For the law had at last run him down.

His body will soon lie in slumber
Out there 'neath the clear western skies
For robbery and cold blooded murder
Ralph Fleagle now goes forth to die.

He walks without fear to the scaffold
The black cap is placed on his head
The sherrif [sic] steps on the trigger
Ralph Fleagle the bandit is dead.

But Ralph's brother Jake was not captured
For two years he wandered at will
And then down at Bronson Missouri
He came to the end of the trail.

It was there on the old station platform
Where Jake Fleagle made his last stand
But one fatal shot from the sherrif
The law had at last got their man.

Oh! Why are these young men so foolish
To think they can murder at will
When there is that mighty commandment
That teaches us "Thou shalt not kill."

Now listen young men let me tell you
Take warning before its to late
You'll fid on that great Judgement Morning
You can't stack your cards against fate."

Tune: same s "Death of Floyd Collins"

I hope this helps your research. Please let me know if I can give
further assistance.

Sincerely,



Randy Williams
Folklore Curator
Special Collections & Archives
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan UT 84322-3000


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Fate of the Fleagle Gang
From: EBarnacle
Date: 17 Nov 06 - 10:09 AM

One of them still remains at large. He ws never shot or captured. Al Capp regularly mentioned him in his strip: Eagle Eye Fleagle. I guess he just couldn't resist.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Fate of the Fleagle Gang
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Sep 14 - 06:20 PM

chuck morley28@yahoo.com I have a song about the flegal gang when I was born in dighton kansas in 1928 after the flegal gang robed the bank in co. they killed my doctor he was dr. winniger I have a picture of the house i was born in in dighton and a picture of dr. winniger and a 1928 news paper of the story of the robery if you can send me your name ad address I will send you the song i have chuck morley 9548 borson st downey, ca. 90242


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