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Thread #59672   Message #952702
Posted By: PoppaGator
14-May-03 - 04:48 PM
Thread Name: Dave Van Ronk Day
Subject: RE: Dave Van Ronk Day
Why May 18th -- is it his birthday?

I may be mistaken, but I think the anniversary of his death is later in the year, maybe December. (That's because I *think* I remember him being a late entry on the "musicians who left us this year" list for 2001).

I'm not sure that the Hudson Dusters project was a crassly commercial reposnse to the emergence of "folk-rock." I think it was an honest attempt to contribute to a newly emerging form, and an opportunity to create employment for (and fun with) a number of fellow musicians.

There was a time in my young life when my highest aspiration was to "be" another Dave Van Ronk. I sorta drifted away from my early folk-purist orientation and adopted other heroes over the years, but will always acknowledge Dave as one of the truly great ones, an outstanding teacher and scholar as well as a one-of-a-kind performing artist.

Can anyone post the lyrics to Dave's great tragi-comic farewell song, "Last Call"? I'd like to work it up and sing it in his memory.