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Posted By: WKG
28-Nov-03 - 02:59 PM
Thread Name: 2003 Obit: Walt Conley (Denver, Colorado)
Subject: RE: Obit: Walt Conley
In the sixties, friends and I spent hundreds of delightful hours (and drank vats of 3.2 beer) listening to Walt Conley. He was a regular draw at Michael's Pub in Boulder, and he was excellent at involving the crowd in the music. We loved the bawdy (In China they do it for chili, Waltz me around, Willy) where we could toss verses in, but he was at his best with heartfelt songs of work, patriotism, and race (Passin' through, Ira Hayes, Buddy, can you spare a dime, The Klan ...)
Early on he invited us to bring instruments and have a hootenanny. I brought my dad's tenor banjo, on which I could make three chords and manage 2.5 bars of what might have been Malaguena. Back in Denver for a visit (late 1980s?), my old roomie dragged me down to Walt's South Broadway club, and by god Walt remembered the Flamenco Banjoist.
His songs are still with me, and I'll think of him whenever I sing 'em.