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Erik Darling


Erik Darling’s graceful feeling of design and clearheaded plans of traditional folk tunes produced the singer, songwriter, and flexible instrumentalist a behind-the-scenes innovator in the folk picture for decades, and when he under no circumstances actually became children name, his impact was refined and pervasive. Delivered Sept 25, 1933, in Baltimore, MD, Darling in fact spent his years as a child in Canandaigua, NY, and by enough time he was in his early twenties, he was a normal fixture in NY City’s Washington Square folk picture. An excellent banjo player as well as perhaps a straight better 12-string guitarist, and having an obvious, warm, and expressive tenor performing tone of voice, Darling was a specialist at offering the best within the music artists around him. He shaped the Tunetellers within the middle-’50s, and following a name modification to the Tarriers, the group got a high Ten strike with “The Banana Fishing boat Tune” (the tune is also referred to as “Day-O” following its exclusive refrain and was eventually an even larger strike for Harry Belafonte) in 1956. Darling following joined up with the Weavers as Pete Seeger’s substitute and remained with the group for just a little over four years, departing in 1962 to create the Rooftop Performers. Slyly upgrading and rearranging Gus Cannon’s “Walk Best In,” which Cannon’s Jug Stompers originally documented in 1929, Darling as well as the Rooftop Performers took the brand new edition to the very best of the graphs in 1963. By no means one to look for the limelight, Darling continuing to record and function in the folk and growing Americana vein, actually flirting with some sort of desert nation sound along with his group Boundary City (which also included users Sid Hausman and Lynn Lucas), which released the solid Boundary Town at nighttime recording in 1994. Usually an elegant vocalist and instrumentalist, Darling by no means lost his capability to rearrange traditional materials into fresh forms that transported the past even while these were subtly up to date to handle today’s. Darling passed away on August 3, 2008, in Chapel Hill, NC, from problems because of lymphoma.

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Full Name Erik Darling
Date Of Birth September 25, 1933
Died August 3, 2008, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States
Profession Singer, Songwriter
Nationality American
Music Groups The Weavers, The Rooftop Singers
Music Songs Woody Knows Nothing, Cumberland Mountain Bear Chase, Oh, What A Beautiful City, Everytime I Go to Town, In The Pines, Swannanoa Tunnel, Banjo Tune, I Never Will Marry, Virgin Mary, Jumpin Judy, The Wagoner's Lad, Engine 143, Diamond Ring, Down In A Willow Garden, Guitar Blues, I'm On My Way, I Love My Love, Hail John, FOD, Lonesome Valley
Albums Revenge of the Christmas Tree, Erik Darling, Train Time, Bowling Green And Other Folk Songs From The Southern Mountains (Digitally Remastered), Woody Knows Nothing, Child Child, Riding the Rails, Instrumental Music And Songs Of The Southern Appalachians, Banjo Music of the Southern Appalachians (Digitally Remastered), True Religion and Other Blues, Ballads and Folksongs, Hard Luck Blues

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1 He joined the Weavers when Pete Seeger left for a solo career, and spent four years with them.
2 He was a master of the 12-string guitar and banjo.
3 After leaving the Weavers, he formed the Rooftop Singers. They had a 1960s pop hit with "Walk Right In", a song originally recorded in 1929 by Gus Cannon's Jug Stompers.
4 Grew up in Canandaigua, New York.
5 Former member of The Tarriers and The Rooftop Singers.



Shirley 2011 TV Movie writer: "Day-o Day-o The Banana Boat Song"
O Brother, Where Art Thou? 2000 performer: "I'll Fly Away" 1929
Chicago Hope 1997 TV Series writer - 1 episode
Forrest Gump 1994 as Eric Darling, "Walk Right In" 1963
The Flamingo Kid 1984 writer: "Walk Right In" - as Darling
Calypso Heat Wave 1957 writer: "The Banana Boat Song"



The Lorenzo and Henrietta Music Show 1976 TV Series



Chasin' Gus' Ghost 2007 Documentary Himself
Isn't This a Time! A Tribute Concert for Harold Leventhal 2004 Documentary Himself (The Weavers)

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