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But he was famous long ago (Theme Time #84)

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June Carter Cash  I Used to Be Somebody   buy on itunes
Dave Alvin  Downey Girl   buy on itunes
Kris Kristofferson  Sister Sinead   buy on itunes
Neil Young  Pocahontas   buy on itunes
Ian Tyson  Will James   buy on itunes
Tom Russell  Claude Dallas   buy on itunes
Country Johnny Mathis  Caryl Chessman  buy on itunes
Billy Bragg and Wilco  Eisler on the Go  buy on itunes
I See Hawks in L.A.  Byrd from West Virginia  buy on itunes
Paul Kelly  The Ballad of Queenie and Rover   buy on itunes
David Olney  A Dangerous Man   buy on itunes
Bob Dylan  Who Killed Davey Moore?   buy on itunes
John Prine  Sabu Visits the Twin Cities Alone   buy on itunes
Oliver Morgan  Who Shot the LaLa?  buy on itunes
The Clash  Janie Jones   buy on itunes
Human Sexual Response  Jackie Onassis   buy on itunes
Singers & Players, feat Prince Far I  Bedward The Flying Preacher  buy on itunes
Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet  Stalin Wasn't Stallin'  buy on itunes
Jackie DeShannon  Anna Karina   buy on itunes
Koerner, Ray & Glover  Lady Day   buy on itunes
The Greenbriar Boys  Amelia Earhart's Last Flight   buy on itunes
The Byrds  Armstrong, Aldrin, and Collins   buy on itunes

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My take on the famous people episode of Bob Dylan’s Theme Time Radio Hour show. Title from “Desolation Row.”

In the first track, June Carter Cash remembers some of the icons she used to know, including Elvis Presley (1935-1977), James Dean (1931-1955), and Marlon Brando (1924-2004).

Dave Alvin honors Karen Carpenter (1950-1983), who spent her teenage years in the same town (Downey, California) where Dave lived.

Kris Kristofferson pays tribute to fellow singer Sinéad O’Connor (b. 1966).

Neil Young’s song is as much about our mythical idea of Pocahontas (c. 1595–1617) as about the actual young Native American.

Will James (1892-1942) was a Canadian artist and author who wrote several books about the American West.

Claude Dallas (b. 1950) is a mountain man who escaped prison after being convicted on two counts of voluntary manslaughter.

Caryl Chessman (1921-1960) became a cause célèbre when he was facing the death penalty for robbery, rape, and kidnapping. He was executed in 1960.

Billy Bragg and Wilco perform a Woody Guthrie composition written after the appearance of Austrian composer Hans Eisler (1898-1962) before the House Committee on Un-American Activities.

I See Hawks in L.A. commemorate U.S. Senator Robert Byrd (1917-2010).

Queenie McKenzie (c. 1930- 1998) and Rover Thomas Joolama (c. 1926- 1998) were Indigenous Australian artists.

“A Dangerous Man” recalls soldier and author T. E. Lawrence (“Lawrence of Arabia,” 1888-1935).

Davey Moore (1933-1963) was an American featherweight boxing champion who died following a match against Cuban-Mexican Sugar Ramos.

John Prine offers a humorous take on the career of Indian-born actor Sabu Dastagir (1924-1963), who starred in such films as "Elephant Boy" and "The Thief of Bagdad."

Prince La La (born Lawrence Nelson, 1936-1963) was a New Orleans singer who died of a drug overdose.

Janie Jones (b. 1941) is a British pop singer who became notorious as a brothel-keeper and spent time in jail for her role in a payola scheme.

Jackie Onassis (1929-1994) was widowed by the assassination of U.S. President John F. Kennedy in 1963 and married Greek shipping tycoon Aristotle Onassis five years later.

Alexander Bedward (1859-1930) was a popular Jamaican Revivalist preacher. He promised his followers he would fly to heaven, but he ended his life in a mental asylum.

“Stalin Wasn’t Stallin’” was written and recorded in 1943, when Soviet leader Joseph Stalin (1878-1953) was an ally of the U.S. in World War Two.

Anna Karina (b. 1940) is a Danish-French actress, director, and screenwriter.

“Lady Day” honors American jazz singer and songwriter Billie Holiday (1915-1959).

Amelia Earhart (1897-1937) was the first female to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean. She disappeared attempting to fly around the world.

Finally, the Byrds honor the astronauts of Apollo XI, the space flight that first landed humans on the moon: Neil Armstrong (1930-2012), Buzz Aldrin (b. 1930), and Michael Collins (b. 1930).

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avocado rabbit
Date: 11/12/2015
Very well thought out theme and inclusion of wonderful artists.So many mixers I used to follow have disappeared. Your last post is over a year ago but thought I'd try to locate you and perhaps share a mix or make one together. avocado rabbit here or better yet dnardi@comcast.net

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