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Paul Clayton

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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 He initial heard the outdated ocean shanties from his grandfather, and by fiften yrs .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
TV Shows Brideshead Revisited


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Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Drifters 2016 TV Series Gerald
The Frankenstein Chronicles 2015 TV Series Confectioner
Wolf Hall 2015 TV Mini-Series Sir William Kingston
Mr Selfridge 2015 TV Series Auctioneer
Sunday Dinner with the Morgans 2014 Short
Hollyoaks 2013-2014 TV Series Ch Supt Marlow
Him & Her 2012-2013 TV Series Graham
Vera 2013 TV Series Hotel Manager
Gambit 2012/I Sweaty Man
The Secret of Crickley Hall 2012 TV Mini-Series Publican
The Rise 2012 Albert
Coronation Street 2005-2011 TV Series Sam Foster / Mal Quinnan
Sugartown 2011 TV Series Panel Member 1
Law & Order: UK 2011 TV Series Kenny
Peep Show 2007-2010 TV Series Ian Chapman
Doctors 2001-2010 TV Series Rowly Calderone / Eddie Martindale / John Lanson
The Queen 2009 TV Series Bernard Ingham
Monday Monday 2009 TV Series William
My Family 2002-2009 TV Series Peter / Director
Wire in the Blood 2008 TV Series
Affinity 2008/I Mr. Vincy
Doctor Who 2008 TV Series Mr Bartle
He Kills Coppers 2008 TV Movie Tweed Suit
Doctor Who: The Infinite Quest 2007 TV Movie Mergrass (voice)
Hotel Babylon 2007 TV Series Businessman
The Amazing Mrs Pritchard 2006 TV Series John Hughes MP
Gorgeous Labour of Love 2006 Short Waltzer
The Bad Food Guide 2006 TV Movie documentary Raymond Postgate
55 Degrees North 2005 TV Series Charles Bellows
Fakers 2004 Henry Price
Georgian Underworld 2003 TV Series Ordinary
Ali G Indahouse 2002 Alan Swan
One Foot in the Grave 2000 TV Series Mitch Werner
The Man Who Cried 2000 Second Official
Kiss Me Kate 1999 TV Series Client
Drop the Dead Donkey 1996 TV Series Mike
A Day Full of Animals and Songs 1995 Video Mopsa (voice)
Forever Green 1989 TV Series Commentator 2
Salome's Last Dance 1988 1st Nazarean
Brideshead Revisited 1981 TV Mini-Series Tom
All Creatures Great and Small 1980 TV Series Brian Weeting
Screenplay 1979 TV Series Major Von Richter (Barricade Major)
Mersey Pirate 1979 TV Series Presenter

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Rich Man, Poor Man: Ben Dover Straightens Up 2009 TV Movie documentary Himself - Acting Coach
Totally Doctor Who 2007 TV Mini-Series documentary Mergrass
Jigsaw 1983 TV Series Himself - Presenter

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
My Family 2004 TV Series Director

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