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Jim Krause Origin: Old Soldiers of the King (7) Background on Old Soldiers of the King 15 Sep 02

I guess it's a sign of the times when you begin to forget names of once prominent singers and performers. There is a folk singer of the late '50s to early '60s otherwise a contemporary of Ed McCurdy, Ewan MacColl, and others whose name I cannot for the life of me remember. The clue is that he copyrighted the melody to The Old Soldiers of the King. Furthermore, he claims to have composed the melody to that lyric, which is attributed to Ben Franklin. I believe the performer in question is an American, and still alive. He is well known, or at least was well known. He had a few hits during the folk scare, some of which are still sung.

He isn't Phil Ochs, nor Ramblin' Jack Elliot, nor Tom Paxton. Glen Yarbrough is out, too. He is younger than John Jacob Niles, (I think) and he isn't Richard Dyer Bennett, either. I don't recall that he was ever a member of a group such as the Limeliters, the Brothers Four, Kingston Trio, nor The New Christy Minstrels either.

I hate getting old and losing my memory. Who is this guy? This isn't a quiz, either.

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