A PUB WITH NO BEER

A PUB WITH NO BEER “A Pub with No Beer” is the title of a well-known humorous country song. Adapted by Gordon Parsons from the original poem “A Pub Without Beer” by Dan Sheahan of Ingham, North Queensland, originally from Newmarket, Ireland, “A Pub With No Beer” became in 1957 the first golden hit single […]

500 MILES

500 MILES Hedy West was an American Folksinger and Songwriter. She was of the same generation as Joan Baez, Judy Collins, and others of the American folk music revival. Musically she was the equal of any of her peers. Her stylistic range was far narrower, but arguably far deeper. She was described by the great […]

WRECK OF THE OLD NINTY SEVEN

WRECK OF THE OLD NINTY SEVEN The “Old 97”, a Southern Railway train officially known as the Fast Mail, was en route from Monroe, Virginia to Spencer, North Carolina when it left the track at Stillhouse Trestle near Danville, Virginia on September 27, 1903. The wreck inspired the famous railroad ballad. The ballad first recorded […]

WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY

WRECK ON THE HIGHWAY “Wreck on the Highway” was written by Dorsey M Dixon, of the Dixon Brothers, and was recorded by them in the late 1930s on the Bluebird label. Roy Acuff made this song a big hit in 1940. He was the first true singing star of the Opry, and an impressive showman […]

YANKEE DOODLE

YANKEE DOODLE Yankee Doodle” is a well-known US song, often sung patriotically today. It is the state anthem of Connecticut. The song’s origins were in a pre-Revolutionary War song originally by British military officers to mock the disheveled, disorganized colonial “Yankees” with whom they served in the French and Indian War. The word doodle first […]

YELLOW ROSE OF TEXAS

YELLOW ROSE OF TEXAS “The Yellow Rose of Texas” is a traditional folk song which has long been popular in the United States and is considered an unofficial state song of Texas. The actual author is unknown; the original publisher (Firth, Pond & Co.) only stated that it was composed and arranged expressly for Charles […]

YES SIR THAT’S MY BABY

  This memorable tune from the Charleston era was inspired by a pig! The composers, Donaldson & Kahn, were visiting their friend, entertainer Eddie Cantor, when Cantor’s daughter Marjorie brought out one of her favorite toys, a walking mechanical pig. She wound it up and it started walking in rhythm while two notes kept coming […]

YES WE HAVE NO BANANAS

YES WE HAVE NO BANANAS “Yes! We Have No Bananas” is the title of a novelty song by Frank Silver and Irving Cohn that was a major hit in 1923, and one of the top songs of the 20th century. The song was recorded by Billy Jones, Arthur Hall, Irving Kaufman and others that year, […]