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Who is Elaina Mezzetti? (PP&M)

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GUEST,Gerry 19 Feb 07 - 10:28 PM
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GUEST,Gerry 20 Feb 07 - 05:36 PM
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GUEST,Bruce Beatlefan 02 Oct 10 - 03:08 PM
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GUEST,breanna 14 Mar 15 - 12:40 PM
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Subject: Who is Elaina Mezzetti? (P P & M)
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 19 Feb 07 - 10:28 PM

I recently picked up the Peter, Paul and Mary album, Moving, on CD. I loved this album back in the day, and I still do. A couple of odd things about it:

They give some very familiar songs some very unfamiliar names. The song that's usually called Shule Aroon or Buttermilk Hill or Johnny Has Gone For a Soldier, they call it Gone The Rainbow. The song that's usually called Fair and Tender Ladies, they call Tiny Sparrow.

But that's neither here nor there.

They also take credit for a lot of traditional songs. E.g., it says, Gone The Rainbow (Stookey/Travers/Yarrow/Okun). Stookey, Travers, and Yarrow are Peter, Paul, and Mary (though not in that order), and Okun is Milt Okun, their "Musical Director." Well, that was a common practice in the 1960s, and it has been discussed in this forum in detail, and I'm not here to rehash those discussions.

But for 7 of the 12 songs the credits include Mezzetti - in fact, for the song Morning Train, the only credit is Elaina Mezzetti. And that, at long last, brings me to the question I want to raise: who is/was Elaina Mezzetti?


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Subject: RE: Who is Elaina Mezzetti? (P P & M)
From: katlaughing
Date: 19 Feb 07 - 10:54 PM

According to this site she was Yarrow's sister.


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Subject: RE: Who is Elaina Mezzetti? (P P & M)
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 20 Feb 07 - 05:36 PM

Thanks!


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Subject: RE: Who is Elaina Mezzetti? (P P & M)
From: katlaughing
Date: 20 Feb 07 - 05:45 PM

You're welcome. Thanks for checking back for an answer. Sometimes folks don't seem to find their way back.:-)


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Subject: RE: Who is Elaina Mezzetti? (P P & M)
From: GUEST,Bruce Beatlefan
Date: 02 Oct 10 - 03:08 PM

I've also read that Elaina Mezzetti was Peter Yarrow's sister, but what is curious is that inspecting the album's song credits, she seemed to work much more intensely with Paul than with Peter.


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Subject: RE: Who is Elaina Mezzetti? (P P & M)
From: Mary Katherine
Date: 02 Oct 10 - 03:55 PM

She didn't "work" at all. Her name was put on the song credits by her brother Peter Yarrow, in order to allow her to collect royalties. Sometimes her name was added to the trio's names, but more ofter her name appeared in place of Peter's (i.e. collecting his share of the royalties), making it look like she, rather than Peter, wrote or arranged the songs with Noel Paul.


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Subject: RE: Who is Elaina Mezzetti? (P P & M)
From: open mike
Date: 02 Oct 10 - 10:25 PM

now there is a great plan....get your name added to credits for a share of the royalties...lucky girl!! and nice, generous brother!!


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Subject: RE: Who is Elaina Mezzetti? (P P & M)
From: GUEST,breanna
Date: 14 Mar 15 - 12:40 PM

She is his sister. She actually did write songs. She was older than him by 2 years. Hope I could help.


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Subject: RE: Who is Elaina Mezzetti? (P P & M)
From: pdq
Date: 14 Mar 15 - 01:32 PM

Looks like Ms. Mezzetti is given copyright credit for 28 songs.

One is a standard from the Bahamas.

Another song he takes credit for writing "Lily of the West" by re-naming it "Flora".

Takes credit for writing "Fair and Tender Ladies" by calling it "Tiny Sparrow."

Does anybody think they should have to pay her for doing traditional songs including "Stewball" and "Johnny Has Gone for a Soldier"?

Everybody else correctly credits Libby Cotton with writing "Freight Train", yet there is the name Mezzetti once again.

Looks like every claim she makes is bogus.

Note how greedy Liberals get when they smell money.


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Subject: RE: Who is Elaina Mezzetti? (P P & M)
From: Elmore
Date: 14 Mar 15 - 10:11 PM

PDQ: Libby Cotton?


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Subject: RE: Who is Elaina Mezzetti? (P P & M)
From: GUEST,Tony G.
Date: 14 Mar 15 - 10:18 PM

Elizabeth Cotten wrote Freight Train. Common nickname was Libba, not Libby.


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Subject: RE: Who is Elaina Mezzetti? (P P & M)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 15 Mar 15 - 01:57 AM

PP&M "peterpaulandmarificated" almost every song they recorded, especially in the early years. All were changed, some beyond recognition. And yes, they registered their versions, as did many other performers. It's a real chore to sort out and prove which claims are valid and which are not. In working on the Rise Again songbook we found we had to pay royalties on a number of songs I could prove were traditional, but it was just too much of a hassle to try to fight it - especially with Carter Family songs, and songs collected by the Lomaxes.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Who is Elaina Mezzetti? (P P & M)
From: GUEST,Join Burt-Knapps
Date: 08 Dec 17 - 07:34 AM

How interesting! Yes, Elena and Peter are siblings. She is still alive, living in Italy. I am their cousin. I was surprised by what I read... this was news to me.


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