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Thread #3952   Message #20993
Posted By: rich r
08-Feb-98 - 07:38 PM
Thread Name: info about Paul Clayton??
Subject: RE: info about Paul Clayton??
Besides the whaling songs, I have 2 other LPs with Paul Calyton. One was mentioned in the thread on Revolutionary Songs, "American Songs of Revolutionary Times". On that album Paul sings "Locks & Bolts", and "The Swapping Song" solo, and also "The Gambling Suitor", "The Deaf Woman's Courtship", "The Devil's Questions", anad "The Riddle Song" with Jean Ritchie. A biographical paragraph appeals on the record jacket, that contains much of the same information (including some of the same wording) as the one posted above from the Whaling album. Both albums were recorded in 1956. He is the text of that paragraph:

"Paul Clayton was born in the great whaling port of New Bedford, Massachusetts, where he early became interested in folksongs through those that were traditional in his family. By the time he was 15, he was presenting a series of radio programs on folkmusic, and has since appeared on radio and television programs in England, Canada and Cuba, as well as in the United States. He has made numerous recording trips through the southern mountains, as well as other areas of the United States and Europe. He has made several commercial recordings of folksongs in addition to having recorded for the archives of the Flanders Ballad Collection, Middlebury College, Vermont, the BBC collection, and the Archive of American Folksong at the Library of Congress. At present he is editing a volume of folksongs of Virginia, Kentucky and North Carolina, for publication by The Folklore Press in 1957"

The other Paul Clayton album is "Paul Clayton Sings Unholy Matrimony - 2" (Elektra 147). There is a Volume 1 also. Vol 2 contains such songs as: The Wooden Legged Parson, Will The Weaver, The Old Wife Who Wanted Spruncin', The Dumb Wife, The Husband With No Courage In HIm, The Dirty Wife, Life On The Installment Plan, A Quick Way to Be Rid Of A Wife, Home Sad HOme and others.

rich r