: I've got The New Frankie and Johnny Song. Could that be the one? I don't have Please
: Don't Sell My Daddy No More Wine. I have 35 of their songs, which I guess is three
: albums worth. I wonder how many albums they released?
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: Frankie And Johnny charted for 5 weeks and peaked at #75 in August, 1964
: Please Don't Sell My Daddy No More Wine [as by The Greenwoods] charted for 5 weeks
: and peaked at #65 in May, 1966
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: What did the Greenwood County Singers chart with? I have a couple of their albums.
This thread sent me scurrying to my Rick Daly Library of Folk Music (which has been invaluable so far in creating radio shows and about a thousand other things) because I recall seeing the Greenwood County group listed and I really didn't know about them.
What piqued my interest was your reference to "The New Frankie and Johnny Song" (which the Greenwoods do a creditable job with) because it was written by the selfsame Bob Gibson (with his buddy Shel Silverstein) as in the thread below. It is superior IMO to the original tune and has been a favorite of mine since 1962 when it appeared on Bob's Where I'm Bound album, his best I think and one of the finest of the era. You can especially hear his 12-string guitar influence on Lightfoot, Denver, Leo Kottke, and others.
Interesting to compere Gibson's edit with Charlie Poole's variation on the original song (which Poole in turn adapted from an existing variant) that morphed into "You're Gonna Miss Me." Gibson gave the number a bounce and an energy that were his trademarks.
Unfortunately, The Bob Gibson Legacy group does not permit embedding videos, so the only way to see Gibson in his prime with a live performance of the song on YouTube is to click on the link here:
A truly impressive number of musicians have covered Gibson's re-write, so many so that it must have kept Bob awash in royalties for a few years at least. In addition to the charting Greenwood version which Larry Anthony highlights, The Brothers Four, The Serendipity Singers, a young John Denver, and even Henry Mancini.
As it happens, The Greenwood County Singers' version is on YouTube:
And if anyone was wondering, this is what Mancini did with it:
Mancini even includes Gibson's opening 12-string riff.