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CRANKY YANKEE George Hamilton IV, a friend of folk music (51* d) RE: George Hamilton IV, a friend of folk music 24 Jan 02

I played rythm guitar for #IV when he did the "Brooklyn Paramount", Aln Freed Live Sjhow in 1957. My Manager was Freed's Son in Law. I was in the Air Force stationed at Suffolk County AFB on Long Island (N.Y.) and I took some annual leave. I met III and Mrs. III and you know what? the whole family is gracious, without being condescending and very friendly. It was some experience, Fats Domino, Screaming Jay Hawkins, The Moonglows, etc. Nice folks, all.

I recorded "If You Don't Know" (the other side of "A Rose and A Baby Ruth) for George Martin when he was A&R for Parlophone, when I was stationed in England. The "A" side was another "B" side, "So You Think You've Got Troubles" the other side of Marvin Rainwater's "Gonna Find Me A Bluebird. We sold more of them in Holland and Scandinavia than we did in the U.K. because the line, "MY DOCTOR TOLD ME NOT TO SMOKE, DRINK NOTHING STRONGER THAN A COKE" got right by everyone (including Sir George) and the B.B.C. couldn't play it on the radio. (Mentions a commercial product) and the only play we got was the "Pirate" radio stations anchored outside the UK's territorial waters, and a TV. "lip Syn" for ITV's "Music Parade" The had me sitting in a bathtub, out on the ocean, my guitar plugged into the fucet, dressed in my "neon" cowboy suit" and stetson hat, When I'd finished, they "Special Effected" the bathtub spinning around and sinking.

It's on my CD "Spanning the Decades"
$17.50, includes postage (in N.America) and whatever extra postage is needed for the "Old World" And Australia. From:

Rose Island Records
36 Charles St.
Newport, Rhode Island 02840

Love and kisses, Jody Gibson.

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