BBV, you're talking to somebody who LOVES LOVES LOVES VINYL !!! I've got hundreds of record albums that to me are PRICELESS. |
(they all look brand new / mint condition) <> I treasure them all. <>
Glad you've got "LAST MONTH OF THE YEAR"...but...years since you've listened to it ?????
=> Should I send you a record player? (hahaha)
The song was written by Tom Dula while he was in his cell waiting to be hanged. (1868)
He was on death row for killing his girlfriend, Laura Foster.
(Tom Dula >aka: "Tom Dooley")
THE KINGSTON TRIO released their 1st album in 1958, which included 12 songs. One of the songs on this LP was "Tom Dooley".
In June, 1958, at a radio station KLUB, in Salt Lake City, Utah...a disc jockey by the name of Paul Colburn (sp?) played a cut
from the recently released KINGSTON TRIO album.
Apparently, Paul fell in love with the song (and the story about) "Tom Dooley". He kept playing it, and soon began getting
requests from listeners to play it again and again.
Remember Casablanca's "Play it again, Sam?"
Well, this time it was "Tom Dooley"...and...
=> Play it again, Paul <= (hahaha)
"Tom Dooley" soon became the MOST REQUESTED song on the station's playlist !!!
A Salt Lake City Record Store sold thousands of copies of THE KINGSTON TRIO album because record buyers
just couldn't wait for a single (45rpm or 78rpm) to be released.
In fact, OTHER RADIO STATIONS also added "Tom Dooley" to their playlists.
Finally, on August 8th, 1958, due to heavy demand, CAPITOL RECORDS released "Tom Dooley" as a single !!!
The song reached #1 on Billboard's + Cashbox's HIT list, selling well over a million copies.
I believe "Tom Dooley" ended up selling close to 6 million copies worldwide.
All because of a DJ named Paul Colburn (sp?) who worked at the KLUB radio station !!!
=> THANK YOU PAUL !!!
ps: BBV, I promised you the background story of "Tom Dooley", and anything else you want to know, please don't hesitate to ask.
Let me know if you need a record player, so you could listen to "THE LAST MONTH OF THE YEAR" :>))