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Paul Clayton


Delivered March 3, 1933, in New Bedford, MA, Paul Clayton preserved a lifelong fascination with the folk tune tradition, particularly ocean shanties and whaling tracks, and was a devoted collector of folk tunes. He initial heard the outdated ocean shanties from his grandfather, and by fiften yrs . old he was performing them himself, and also other folk materials he gathered, on some radio displays. After earning a set of degrees through the College or university of Virginia (where he researched with folklorist Arthur Kyle Davis, Jr.), he gathered extensively within the Appalachians, and was instrumental within the initial recordings of such traditional folk performers as Etta Baker and Hobart Smith. Clayton was a fixture within the Greenwich Community scene through the folk revival, and continued to record many albums of traditional materials for the Folkways, Custom, Riverside, Electra, Monument, and Stinson brands. The melody to his tune “Who’ll Purchase You Ribbons When I’m Eliminated,” subsequently in line with the traditional tune “Scarlet Ribbons on her behalf Hair,” supplied Bob Dylan using the melody range for “DON’T BELIEVE Double, It’s Alright,” and resulted in a short legal skirmish between your two singers within the mid-’60s, that was evidently resolved amicably. Clayton passed away on March 30, 1967, apparently by taking a power equipment into his bath tub, thus closing a existence, although beset by medication use and depressive disorder, that was filled with the pleasure of tunes and performing.

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Died March 30, 1967, New York City, New York, United States
Profession Actor, Author, Film director
Nationality American
Music Songs Who's Gonna Buy You Ribbons, The Maid of Amsterdam, Boney Was a Warrior, Johnny's Gone to Hilo, Gotta Travel On, Go Down You Blood Red Roses, The Turkish Revelee, The Girls Around Cape Horn, The Dying Sailor to his Shipmates, Saturday Night at Sea, Old Stormalong, Santy Anna, Lady Franklin's Lament, Spanish Ladies, The Mermaid, Paddy Doyles Boots, If She's Gone, Pharaoh's Army, Ranzo, Durango Jail, The Gambling Suitor, False Love, Green Rocky Road, Round the Corner, A Quick Way To Be Rid Of A Wife, Lie Down Betty, The Husband With No Courage In Him, The Dumb Wife, The Charleston Merchant, The Farmer's Nagging Wife, Cedar Mountain Breakdown, Down by the Rio Grande
Albums Sailing and Whaling Songs of from The Days of Moby Dick, Dulcimer Songs and Solos, American Folk Tales And Songs (Digitally Remastered), Cumberland Mountain Folksongs, Paul Clayton Sings Home Made Songs And Ballads, Bay State Ballads, Unholy Matrimony, Folk Singer (With Bonus Tracks), Folk Ballads of the English-Speaking World, Bobby Burns' Merry Musus Of Caledonia, American Songs Of Revolutionary Times (Digitally Remastered), Sings Homemade Songs and Ballads/Folk Singer!, The Bobby Burns Songbook, Paul Clayton & Cisco Houston (6 Original Folk Albums), Sings Home-Made Songs and Ballads (Original Album with Bonus Tracks 1960), British Broadside Ballads in Popular Tradition (Original Album 1957), Folk Songs
Movies The Rise, Affinity, Fakers, Salome's Last Dance
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