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Posted By: richardw
16-May-00 - 11:50 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Railroad Bill
Subject: RE: Help: Railroad Bill
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The database says:

SOURCE: Bob Pfeffer


COMMENTS: Written by Jacqueline Berman (now Steiner) and Bess Hawes as a campaign song for Walter A. O'Brian, the Progressive Party candidate in Boston's mayoral election. When Will Holt recorded the number as a pop song for Coral, the record company was astounded by a deluge of protests from Boston because the song made a hero out of a local "radical". The record was hastily withdrawn an a new version recorded which eliminated O'Brien's claim to musical fame. In the later Kingston Trio release, Walter A. was changed to George to avoid advertising Commies on the air. RG

AIR: The Ship that Never Returned; also The Wreck of the Old 97

The theme of the song is also the same as Work's