Frank Proffitt performing

Date: 1960

Source: S2043 , 00271

Type: Sound

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  • One reel to reel recording. Proffitt was best known as the originator of the popular folk song, "Tom Dooley." Born in Bloomary, Tenn, but moved to North Carolina as a child. There, he picked up the murder ballad, Tom Dooley. Folklorists Anne and Frank Warner collected his performance of it in the 1930s. BY the 1950s, it was a hit song for performers such as the Kingston Trio. In the 1960s, Proffitt became associated with the song, and began performing at several folk festival, such as University of Chicago and the Newport Folk Festival.

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