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Thread #3952   Message #20849
Posted By: Barry Finn
06-Feb-98 - 11:00 PM
Thread Name: info about Paul Clayton??
Subject: RE: info about Paul Clayton??
Art, don't know if this will mean much to you. I have an old LP of his, goes back to June 1956, so I'll type out the notes from the jacket, seeing that due to it's age it may be rare outside of places like this fourm. It's off of "Whaling & Sailing Songs, From The Days Of Moby Dick, Sung By Paul Claton"."Paul Clayton was born in the great whaling port of New Bedford, Mass. where his ancestors were whaling captains & seafaring men; his grandfather, from whose singing he first became interested in traditional songs, outfitted whaling ships for many years. The songs & shanties sung by whalers been his particular area of study for some time. His research in the old logs & journals of the New Bedford Whaling Museum & Public Library has resulted in original contributions to the folk music field which have recieved high commendation from folklore scholars. Recently he was invited by the 'Moby Dick Premiere Committee' of Warner Bros. & the city of New Bedford to appear as an enterainer at the various festivities in conjunction with the world premiere of the motion picture 'Moby Dick'. Included on this record are many of the selections he sang at that time. In addition to having previously recorded a number of longplaying commercial records, Mr. Clayton has also recorded songs traditional in his family for the Archives of the BBC, the Flanders Ballad Collection at Middlebury College, Vermont, & for the Library of Congress". Hope this was of interest. Barry