Label: Monument - MLP 8017 • Format: Vinyl LP, Mono • Country: US • Genre: Folk, World, & Country • Style: Folk
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Chinarro - El Fuego Amigo Paul Clayton Worthington ; March 3, — March 30, was an American folksinger and folklorist who was prominent in the folk music revival of the s and s.
A graduate of the University of Virginia, where he earned a master's degree in Folklore, Clayton specialized in traditional music, primarily New England sea shanties and ballads as well as Appalachian songs.
He became interested in the first of these as a youngster and began playing guitar as a teen. While attending college, he expanded his interests to include the music of Virginia and the surrounding states. Within a short time after leaving college, Wild Mountain Thyme - Paul Clayton - Folk Singer! began recording.
His first releases were for a small specialty record company, but in he joined Folkways Recordsthe day's leading folk music label. He recorded six solo albums for Folkways from —58, issued albums for a few specialty labels, moved to another prominent folk label, Elektra Recordsfor two albums in —59, and collaborated with artists such as Jean Ritchie and Dave Van Ronk on other releases.
He made his last recording in As much a scholar as a musician, Clayton began collecting songs at a young age in his hometown of New BedfordWild Mountain Thyme - Paul Clayton - Folk Singer! . At the university, he studied under a professor who was a leading folklorist.
Soon he was combing the hills and valleys of Virginia and surrounding states for songs that formed the region's musical heritage. In making field recordingshe "discovered" Etta Baker and Hobart Smithhomespun musicians who have come to be regarded as all-time greats. Clayton became a prominent figure in the Greenwich Village folk scene in New York City during the early s.
He was close with artists such as Dave Van Ronk and Liam Clancy and was also a mentor and friend of Bob Dylan during the first years of Dylan's career.
Clayton was Seduction - Robert Tomaro - Slime City (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) with personal problems in his mids, including frustrations Wild Mountain Thyme - Paul Clayton - Folk Singer! his career, doubts arising from his homosexualitymanic depressiondrug abuseand a related arrest.
Despite the hard economic times, his father was comfortably employed as a salesman with a national company, where he eventually would become an executive. Paul's parents, however, were both highly charged, Adah especially, and they fought whenever her husband returned home after days on the road. Less than four years following Paul's birth, they divorced. Clayton and his mother continued to live with her parents, Charles and Elizabeth Hardy, and his introduction to music came early.
His parents both played musical instruments, though casually, his father the banjo and his mother the piano. His grandparents would be an even greater influence. Charles Hardy sang songs he had picked up from seafarers and landlubbers alike, while Elizabeth contributed songs she grew up with in Canada 's Prince Edward Island.
Besides writing and announcing his own material, he performed live, singing the traditional songs he had been collecting to his own guitar accompaniment. He was successful enough that the program was expanded to an hour per week.
He was still only in high school. After graduating inClayton attended the University of Virginia, where hoped to gain a better grounding in musical scholarship. Senator Ralph E. Flanders of Vermont and an internationally recognized folk music authority. Flanders showed up at Clayton's house one day with a tape recorder while he was home from college, Концерт Для Фортепиано Ля Минор (1) - Various - Мировая Классика В Современной Обработке she recorded 11 of his songs.
The roles had reversed. Now Clayton was the one being collected. That same year he discovered a new instrument, the Appalachian dulcimer. Through the knowledge he had gathered on the instrument, he collaborated on a booklet, The Appalachian Dulcimerwriting authoritatively on the subject. Meanwhile, he scoured the countryside for traditional players and songs. To help finance his field trips, he performed at colleges, schools, bars, and coffeehouses along the way.
Another side of Clayton's personality emerged during college. The university had an almost entirely male student body, and a gay subculture had existed there for many years. Because of the times and the university's conservative traditions, it all remained closeted. Clayton continued to assist in editing Davis's book More Traditional Ballads of Virginia published He reported his research in a quarterly journal, Southern Folkloreand for a time planned a book of his own, also on traditional Virginian songs, though the work never materialized.
InClayton recorded a tape of bluegrass material with a friend, musician Bill Cliftonand sent it off to Stinson Records in New York with the hopes of interesting the label in issuing an album. Stinson declined, but considered four tracks for singles. However, the sides went unissued. Through his tireless efforts at promotion, Clayton developed many useful connections, one of which brought him Id Rather Be A Man - The Alan Parsons Project - Eve the attention of a small but highly significant record company, Folkways Records.
Folkways, led by Girl Of The North Country - Of A Never Broadcasted Canadian TV-Special Quest : Februari 1964 - Bob Aschlater recognized as the father of World Music[ citation needed ] specialized in traditional material of a wide range, from Inuit and Patagonian songs to ballads sung by Serbo-Croats and Bulgarians.
The venue was perfect for the traditional music Clayton specialized in. Refocusing his attentions on the basics, he issued a series of albums for Folkways that brought together his grandfather's ballads and shanties with the rarities uncovered through his scholarly pursuits in Virginia. In a span of just three years, he had recorded twelve albums. InClayton switched labels again, moving over to Elektra, an eclectic label that also specialized in folk music.
His stay at Elektra was short, and following his second release with the label, he joined Monument Records, a smaller outfit, where he issued an EPa series of singles and his final album, Paul Clayton, Folk Singer! He also recorded for the Library of Congressand tapes he made of Rev. Dylan traveled cross-country with Clayton and two other friends induring which they visited poet Carl Sandburg in North Carolinaattended Wild Mountain Thyme - Paul Clayton - Folk Singer!
Gras in New Orleans and rendezvoused with Joan Baez in California. I was with Paul one day, and Dylan wanders by and says, 'Hey, man, that's a great song. I'm going to use that song. Dylan's and Clayton's publishing companies sued each other over the alleged plagiarism.
The lawsuitswhich were settled out of court, had no effect on the friendship between the two songwriters. On March 30,he committed suicide by taking an electric heater into his bathtub.
Paul Clayton Worthington . Singer-songwriterfolksong collectorfield recorder. Vocalsguitardulcimer. FolkwaysRiversideTraditionMonumentElektra.
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