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    Posted 7 months ago

    Brunswick
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    Hank Williams Sr. once quoted, "When it comes to drawing a crowd, it's God and Roy Acuff"....
    Roy was born in 1903 in Maynardville, Tenn., and began in the 1930s. He is considered by many to be the 'King Of Country Music'.
    In 1936, Roy took a sheet of Music written years earlier to a song titled, 'The Great Rock Island Train Route', written by a Mr. J.A. Roff and changed it to the 'Wabash Cannonball'. It took the Music world by storm.
    The Wabash railroad was a fast moving express train that traveled through The middle and Western United States, along a route known as The great Rock Island Route.
    Roy received many honorary awards from this recording throughout his years until his passing in 1992 at age 89.
    It is considered one of the most influential songs recorded by the Songwriters Hall Of Fame.
    Recorded 1936 on the sought after Lable 'Okeh'. The song 'Freight Train Blues' is on the flipside.

    Thank You,
    Thomas.

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    1. keramikos keramikos, 7 months ago
      Brunswick, Cool. :-)

      What a treasure trove of information this song is. Acuff's version seems to contain many allusions to hobo life:

      http://songs.2quakers.net/wabash-cannonball

      I tried to get a YouTube version that was the same as your recording:

      https://www.discogs.com/master/view/654346

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QQSBhTTJrD4
    2. Brunswick Brunswick, 7 months ago
      Officialfuel, Purvis, Jenni, Ben, Keramikos And Rulandma, Thanks one and all here much!
      Keramikos, Great research as Allways that you share!!!

      Thomas.
    3. Recordmantime, 7 months ago
      Don't make me go tearing through the Garage looking for my mothers country records ...it to cold ..nice record 'T '.....
    4. jscott0363 jscott0363, 7 months ago
      Great post Thomas!! I now officially have The Wabash Cannon Ball song stuck in my head:)
    5. Brunswick Brunswick, 7 months ago
      Jscott, Recordmantime, Vetraio, Fortapache, Artfoot, PhilDMorris, Gargoylecollector And Sean, Thanks one and all here very much!! Allways!!

      Thomas.
    6. Brunswick Brunswick, 7 months ago
      Broochman, Thanking you kindly!!!

      Thomas.
    7. Brunswick Brunswick, 7 months ago
      Bobby725, Thanking you kindly here!!

      Thomas.

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