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AnneMC Lyr Req: Lumberton Wreck (from Cauley Family) (16) RE: Lyr Req: Lumberton Wreck 21 Jan 10

This is a much clearer sound clip: B. Long

From Wikipedia:
James Baxter Long, Sr. (December 25, 1903 February 25, 1975)[1] was an American store manager, owner, and record company talent scout, responsible in the 1930s for discovering Fulton Allen ("Blind Boy Fuller") and Gary Davis, among other notable blues musicians.

It was also while he was in Kinston that he first began recruiting local music talent to make recordings. In early 1934, people began coming by his store asking for a song about a deadly wreck between a train and a car in nearby Lumberton, North Carolina; Long found out that no such song existed, but received permission from the American Record Corporation (whose records he was selling through the store) to have someone record the song. Long wrote the song, with the help of a local female journalist, and titled the song the Lumberton Wreck. He held a local talent contest for white musicians, and a group by the name of the Cauley Family from nearby Duplin County, North Carolina won the contest, recording the song (and 23 others) in a three-day New York recording session August 7-9, 1934.


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