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info request: grayson was a gink

22 Sep 00 - 12:57 AM (#302849)
Subject: info request: grayson was a gink
From: gourd

when i was a wee lad, i had a 45rpm record of this song; cain't remember the artist, but this was a novelty track that picked up where "tom dooley" left off. it starts with a woman singing "hold up your head, john grayson, hold up your head and smile"--then a bunch of folks convince her for the rest of the song that grayson was a gink, "a stoolie! i remember him telling the sheriff, 'dooley done it. he stabbed her in the mountains.' 'he stabbed her in the what?' 'in the mountains. right between twin peaks.' 'between twin peaks? they're 20 miles apart!' 'he really knew the territory.' 'grayson?' 'yeah?' 'you're a gink.'"

the back was an shaggy dog story, literally, in which a man dressed as a knight for a costume party ends up knocking on his love interest's door in a rainstorm, riding his dog, to which she of course says, "i hate to see a knight out on a dog like this."

anybody remember this record or know where i can find a recording of it?

thanks, gour

20 Jun 06 - 10:07 AM (#1764627)
Subject: RE: info request: grayson was a gink
From: GUEST,answering my own mail...

Mr. Frank Merrill of Chicago was able to find a copy of this record. I had misremembered the title--it's "Grayson Goofed!" not "Grayson was a Gink"--the latter being merely a repeated phrase throughout the song. It was recorded by "Waldo, Dudley and Dora" and issued as record #PU-1 by "Awful Records." Presumably it was issued in direct response to the 1958 Kingston Trio version of "Tom Dooley," but I am unable to locate any further information about the artist or the label, which by my best determination issued no further records.

20 Jun 06 - 10:35 AM (#1764661)
Subject: RE: info request: grayson was a gink
From: GUEST,Skipy