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GUEST,MAG at work Origins: Straighten Up and Fly Right (18) RE: origins to: Straighten Up and Fly Right 27 Sep 04


Since this is a reference question, I will post more from work.

The Walter Dean Myers version (for it was he) quotes no source.

The Wolkstein version has only the note:

"Nat King Cole first heard the story of the buzzard and themonkey from his father, a Baptist minister in Montgomery, Alabama. He then recorded 'Straighten up and fly right,' based on the story, in 1943. [Her is a part of that song.]"

I have the impression us honkies only know the story from the NKC song. I did an extensive search some 15 years ago and only came up with that one paragraph I mentioned earlier. I will post it when I find it in my copious but disorganized files.


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