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New Christy Minstrels Concert

Type:

Sound

Date:

06/18/1977

Item:

Audio recording

Series:

S1576

Item ID:

T77-287 through T77-288

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Title of Work

  • Introduction (Boltin) (T77-287)
  • Rider
  • California, Is There Something There For Me
  • Today While the Blossoms Still Cling To the Vine
  • California, Here I Come
  • Well I Am Telling You
  • The Cat Came Back
  • Pig in the Gutter
  • The Perfect Country-Western Song
  • I Walk the Line spoof
  • Hangman, Slack Your Rope
  • I Have Got a Name
  • Leroy Brown
  • Operator
  • Dont Mess Around With Jim
  • I Have to Say I Love You in a Song
  • If I Could Save Time in a Bottle
  • Foggy Mountain Breakdown
  • Dueling Banjos
  • I Never Thought Today Would Be the Day
  • A Country-Western Loving Man
  • I Got Me a Woman in Denver (T77-288)
  • Follow the Drinking Gourd
  • Oh! Suzanna
  • My Old Kentucky Home
  • I Dream of Jeannie
  • Camptown Races
  • Old Folks at Home
  • Nelly Bly
  • Commercial satires
  • Cherish
  • Mr. Tamborine Man
  • So I Am Down and Out
  • Eve of Destruction
  • Would Not It Be Lovely
  • Do Not Pull Your Love Out On Me Baby
  • Miss America
  • I am Easy
  • Ruby
  • Green, Green
  • This Land Is Your Land
  • It Is For You We Sing

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General Note/Comment

  • Two reel to reels. (NOTE -- no duplications can be made of the recording. It can only be listened to by patrons for research purposes.) Recording of a free concert at the Stephen Foster Center by the then recently-reformed reformed New Christy Minstrels. The event was sponsored by the Florida Folklife Program. The group first formed in Tarzana, California in 1961 by Randy Sparks emerging out of the folk revival scene. Armed with a Columbia Records recording contract, the ten-member group soon became a popular folk-music group, appearing often on television and concert venues. Focusing on traditional, positive folk songs, the band proved a counter-point to the activist nature of other early-1960s folk acts. The line-up changed often, with even founder Sparks leaving in 1965. The group disbanded in 1971, but re-formed with an entirely different line-up in 1976. By the 2000s, the group still performed regularly, often with old members such as Barry McGuire and founder Sparks.

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