Mudcat Café message #20904 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #3952   Message #20904
Posted By: Ferrara
07-Feb-98 - 03:54 PM
Thread Name: info about Paul Clayton??
Subject: RE: info about Paul Clayton??
I also heard, from a fellow who knew Paul Clayton, that he had committed suicide. "Who's Gonna Buy You Ribbons" wasn't the only song that was swiped from under him. He discovered/collected "Gotta Travel On" (Done laid around, done played around this old town too long, etc) but it was rewritten to give it a more uptown sound, and Clayton never received either credit or royalties of any kind.

Now - this may be pure "fakelore" that I am making up out of whole cloth -- but my memory says that he may have also discovered/collected "Copper Kettle." But it's been almost 30 years.... I'm sure about Gotta Travel On, though.

My friend had the highest respect for Clayton as a folklorist and musician.