Folksongs Fro The Fifties (CD)Folksongs From The Fifties! – (CD)
– Katydid Books & Music – 2009.

On Feb. 29, 1956, I opened The Gate of Horn coffeehouse in Chicago for Al Grossman. He had called me from my gig at the Blue Angel in New York, to share the opening bill with Luc Poret, a French nightclub star. I was there for 14 weeks and returned many times over the next few years. The songs on this CD are some of the ones I sang there. They were recorded on my “state-of-the-art” Concertone in February of 1955 for a Chicago friend, who recently sent me a digitized copy from the old 15″ reel. Not bad! The lyrics for “My Chastity,” which I made into a madrigal, were taken from the blackboard walls of the ladies restroom, at the old Dill Pickle Club, in Chicago–where I was being taken to lunch by Carl Sandburg.

Folksongs From The Fifties!Song titles

Leather Wing Bat
The Gundramar
One Hour Ahead of the Posse
If I Had a Ribbon Bow
My Chastity

Baby, Did You Hear
Lass From the Low Country
The Boatman’s Song
Jimmy Ringo
Caminito del Indio
You and Me and George


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