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CLAYTON, Paul Folk Singer & Sings Home Made Songs & Ballads

Folk Singer & Sings Home Made Songs & Ballads
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CLAYTON, Paul: Folk Singer & Sings Home Made Songs & Ballads

(2008/OMNI) 28 songs, recorded 1960-64 for the Monument label. The CD includes the two albums plus the non-LP 45s, rare photos and excl. linernotes plus the original album linernotes by Fred Foster and Boudleaux Bryant! Clayton commited suicide in 1967 and is one of the great unknowns who inspired artists like Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell!


Clayton, Paul - Folk Singer & Sings Home Made Songs & Ballads CD 1
1: Durango Jail
2: Last Cigarette
3: Pharao's Army
4: Bully Of The Town
5: Love For Love
6: Long John (Long Gone)
7: On The Job Too Long
8: Who's Gonna Buy You Ribbons (When I'm Gone)
9: Pretty Peggy-O
10: This Morning She Was Gone
11: If She's Gone (Let Her Go)
12: Young But Growing
13: Pay Day At Coal Creek
14: Silver City Bound
15: Green Rocky Road
16: Down By The Rio Grande
17: Gotta Travel On
18: San Francisco Bay Blues
19: Wild Mountain Thyme
20: Goin' On Down The Road
21: Spanish Is The Loving Tongue
22: Lie Down Betty
23: Cecil Gone In The Time Of Storm
24: Life Is A Toil
25: So Long (It's Been Good To Know You)
26: This Land Is Your Land
27: Yellow Bird
28: Kilgary Mountain


Artikeleigenschaften von CLAYTON, Paul: Folk Singer & Sings Home Made Songs & Ballads

  • Interpret: CLAYTON, Paul

  • Albumtitel: Folk Singer & Sings Home Made Songs & Ballads

  • Format CD
  • Genre Country

  • Title Folk Singer & Sings Home Made Songs & Ballads
  • Release date 2008
  • Label OMNI

  • Price code N1
  • SubGenre Country - General

  • EAN: 9310023134486

  • weight in Kg 0.100

Artist description "Clayton, Paul"

Paul Clayton

15. Gotta Travel On

16. Who's Gonna Buy You Ribbons When I'm Gone

17. Pay Day At Coal Creek


A major figure in the emerging folk music revival, Paul Clayton was an engaging performer, folk song collector and prolific recording artist. When 19-year-old Minnesotan Bob Dylan arrived in New York City, the seasoned Clayton helped guide him through Greenwich Village's communal but highly competitive folk bohemia. Although no stranger to adapting traditional material for his own use, Clayton was no match for aggressive young singer-songwriters like Dylan and Phil Ochs. Tormented by his suppressed homosexuality and unable to adapt to changing trends and expectations in folk music, Clayton took his own life in 1967.

Paul Clayton Worthington was born March 3, 1931, in New Bedford, Massachusetts, once New England's center for the whaling industry. An only child, Clayton was raised by his mother and her parents after his father left the family in 1935. Inspired by Gene Autry, Clayton began playing guitar at age eleven. He also listened to Alan Lomax's CBS shows, which introduced him to folk balladeers like Burl Ives and Richard Dyer-Bennet. While a teenager he discovered a cachet of whaling songs in the New Bedford Whaling Museum. This material became the foundation for Clayton's first album in 1954.

In fall 1949 Clayton enrolled at the University of Virginia, where he assisted English professor and ballad scholar Arthur Kyle Davis. After two years of study, Clayton left for Europe, partially to avoid military service in the Korean War. Thumbing his way across England, France, Germany and Spain, he performed and collected songs along the way. Returning to the university for the fall 1953 semester, Clayton landed a weekly show over WCHV in Charlotteville. He occasionally appeared on Bill Clifton's WINA early-morning show as Clifton's elusive brother, Harvey.

Upon graduation, Clayton headed to New York City, where he met Kenneth S. Goldstein, a folklorist who produced and packaged albums for Stinson and other emerging folk labels. Between 1954 and 1959 Clayton recorded 15 thematic albums for Folkways, Riverside, Elektra, and Tradition. During these years he alternated between New York and a primitive cabin he owned in Brown's Cove, Virginia.

Clayton's best-known song, Gotta Travel On, has a tangled history. According to Clayton biographer Bob Coltman, the singer discovered the "done laid around" chorus while copying lyrics in the Virginia Folklore Society collection. The melody is rooted in folk traditions, most commonly known through the gospel songs Do Lord and Lights In The Valley. W.C. Handy paraphrased it in his 1922 Harlem Blues. Considering his friendship with bluegrass singer Bill Clifton, Clayton likely lifted the tune from the Monroe Brothers' 1936 Bluebird record of My Long Journey Home.

At a party on Chicago's near-north side in 1956 or 1957, Pete Seeger or Larry Ehrlich sang Clayton's fragment. After Seeger remarked on its commercial potential, he joined Ehrlich and David Lazar to flesh out additional lyrics. Under the title Done Laid Around, Seeger brought the completed song to the Weavers' August 1957 Vanguard recording session. The quartet recorded it again in January 1958, this time using an awkward arrangement specifically aimed at teen record buyers. Released as a single the following month, the credited writers included Clayton, Ehrlich, Lazar and 'Tom Six,' the latter a publishing pseudonym for the Weavers. Commercially, the record went nowhere.

Fred Foster, who just launched the Monument label, gave the song to country singer Billy Grammer, who reworked the lyrics. Now titled Gotta Travel On, it became a No.4 pop crossover hit and triggered multiple cover versions, including one by Bill Monroe. Following its success, Foster signed Clayton to a Monument contract.


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