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CRANKY YANKEE Folksingers with phony identities (109* d) RE: Folksingers with phony identities 04 Sep 01

Hank Williams' name was King- Hiram Williams

My name was Joseph Paul Katzberg, the name given to me by my parents in 1029. My dad's name, on his birth certificate, was Joseph. His Hebrew name was Zahkharia but he went by the name of Archie his whole life and that was his legal name. I'm not a lawyer but a lot of my friends are and one of them told me once that the law says that you are who you say you are, unless you're perpetrating a fraud. So, my friend, (and I use the term with my tongue in my cheek)there is no such thing as a folksinger with a phoney identity. The name identifies the person.

As for me, in 1947 (or so) when I decided to adopt a stage name, no one wanted to hear the kind of music I wanted to sing, sung by a guy named Katzberg. (This is no longer the case) So I adopted the name Joe Gordon which quickly became Joe Gibson. I named myself after my guitar, which was a Martin. However, Joe Martin, at the time, was Speaker of the U.S.House of Representatives, and not wanting to be confused with this honorale man, I chose the name of another guitar maker of equal quality.

Along about 1955 or so, Another Hillbilly singer (I was singing Hillbilly music at the time) named Joe Gibson surfaced in New Jersey. (He eventually faded into obscurity) I was working with a group who's fiddle player, named "Fiddlin' Gene Merrits" had been calling me "Jody" anyway, so I became Jody Gibson. My first record, which was a big hit and changed the way people sang "Muleskinner Blues", was named "Good Morning Captain" it was released in 1957, but my EX manager didn't think Jody was a real name, so the name on the TETRA lable is "Joe D. Gibson" Actually, "Jody" is the American spelling of "Geordie" which is short for George. In Geordie-land (Northumbria) "Geordie" is pronounced, "Jody".

For the life of me, I don't know why I'm writing this long song and dance, except that (another of my names)as "King Nubuchednezer", I do Babble-on.

Actually,"GO PISS UP A ROPE" will suffice as a rebuttal. And, Guest with no identity, if you are Female, tha should take you quite a while to do.

Just think, all those couples in the past had no idea that they were naming their little girl babies "George". As in "Geordie" Foster, who is one damned good actor, but she does have a funny name, for a girl.

And then there is "Mississippi-Blind-Preacher-Leadbottom-Moms.who's real name is Donna Gibson, and is my darling wife, and author of that great song, 'BLUEBLOOD BLUES" (next post, AOL is about to kick me off)

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