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Thread #97435   Message #1917003
Posted By: Jack Campin
22-Dec-06 - 04:48 PM
Thread Name: Folk Songs That Hit the Charts as Pop Songs
Subject: RE: Folk Songs That Hit the Charts as Pop Songs
Eartha Kitt's "Uskudar" - a Turkish folksong from the 18th century. She probably got it from a recording by Zeki Muren which had been popular in Turkey a few years before.

I have heard the same tune with Greek words on a collection of field recordings from Crete. The tune doesn't sound either very Greek or very Turkish to me, it wouldn't surprise me if it were originally Egyptian or Palestinian.

A more recent one - "Gallows Pole" by, um, Robert Plant? A version of Macpherson's Farewell. And from the 1990s, wasn't GRiD's "Swamp Thing" based on a real old-time banjo tune?