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Apparent Demise: John Roberts

30 Dec 09 - 11:26 PM (#2799793)
Subject: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: Anglo

John Roberts.

My friend Abby Sale just sent me this webcitation which seems to indicate that I am dead. I feel honored to be in the company of Dave Swarbrick, though I think his obit was in The Observer.

I do admit to being humorous, wry, quirky, amiable/good natured and earthy, not to mention that I do sing traditional British folk and sea shanties. I am also responsible for the (very fine, IMHO) CD, Sea Fever.

I have never set foot on Andros Island, however, and was not born there, neither did I die there. My friend George Ward visits Andros regularly, I believe, on his winter Caribbean sojourns, and I trust he will aver to the truth of that.

Hoping to be with you all for some time, I remain,

John Roberts


30 Dec 09 - 11:28 PM (#2799794)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: GUEST,999

"I have never set foot on Andros Island, however, and was not born there, neither did I die there."

That's what they all say, buddy.


30 Dec 09 - 11:28 PM (#2799795)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: GUEST,999

PS Glad it's not you.


30 Dec 09 - 11:36 PM (#2799798)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: GUEST,Vicki Kelsey

Aha! Rumors of your death have been greatly exagerated! Glad to hear it.


30 Dec 09 - 11:41 PM (#2799801)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: Janie

I dunno, John. MIght be to your advantage, if only you can get the word out that you are dead.

Just think of the possibilities....;^)


30 Dec 09 - 11:41 PM (#2799802)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: Artful Codger

Egad, Mudcat Café is haunted! The spirits are posting!


30 Dec 09 - 11:43 PM (#2799804)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: Charlie Baum

Have you been singing the Bahamian "Run Come See, Jerusalem"?

Well the Ethel was bound for Fresh Creek (Run come see, run come see)
With the mothers and the children on board
Well the Ethel was bound for Fresh Creek (Run come see Jerusalem)

Perhaps it was the John Roberts on this recording:

http://www.folkways.si.edu/TrackDetails.aspx?itemid=8480

(And I suppose it's not the other other John Roberts, whose demise would give Obama a chance to appoint a new chief justice to the Supreme Court).

--Charlie Baum


30 Dec 09 - 11:46 PM (#2799805)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: GUEST,999

Are you 100% sure you didn't die here?


30 Dec 09 - 11:47 PM (#2799809)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: Maryrrf

It must have given you a shock to see yourself listed as dead! I'm glad you're still with us!


30 Dec 09 - 11:48 PM (#2799810)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: GUEST,999

By any chance, did you have a mom named Mary and a step-dad named Joseph? I have an idea . . . .


31 Dec 09 - 12:21 AM (#2799816)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: ClaireBear

Well, at least they said you were humorous, wry, quirky, humorous, amiable and good-natured. Though, sadly, quite dead.

And earthy. Hmmm. Perhaps that's the dead part?

Midwinter hugs to a live one,
Claire


31 Dec 09 - 12:36 AM (#2799819)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: Charlie Baum

From
http://nfo.net/calendar/aug08.htm:

August 8
Notable Events on this date include:
1983.    John Roberts, vocals, died in Fresh Creek, Andros, Bahamas. Age: 71

---

who is, of course, different than--
John Storm Roberts, the English-born writer, record producer and independent scholar whose work explored the rich, varied and often surprising ways in which the popular music of Africa and Latin America informed that of the United States, who died on Nov. 29 in Kingston, NY--
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/10/arts/music/10roberts.html


31 Dec 09 - 01:53 AM (#2799833)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: Joe Offer

Well now, John, if you had a distinctive name - like Joe Offer, for example, there wouldn't be any confusion about your demise, or lack thereof.
I mean, John Robertses die on Andros Island every day. Have you ever heard of a Joe Offer dying there? But with a generic name like John Roberts, people probably think you're in a witness protection program.

Still, I'm glad you're not demised.

-Joe-


31 Dec 09 - 02:14 AM (#2799835)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: The Villan

Have you got the money from your life insurance yet?


31 Dec 09 - 02:51 AM (#2799839)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: Anglo

What's life insurance?


31 Dec 09 - 03:35 AM (#2799843)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: Severn

If you're a ghost, than is your winter entourage now going to be known as "Nowell Sing We Translucent"?

If you think they displayed The True Spirit Of Christmas before, then you ain't half-seen nothin' yet!

Glad to know that you haven't obit the dust quite yet....


31 Dec 09 - 04:19 AM (#2799863)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: My guru always said

Well, that was a bit scary.... Stay with us John!
Hugs,
Hil x


31 Dec 09 - 05:10 AM (#2799884)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: TheSnail

If you click on the "Other" tab on the allmusic page, it leads to "The Forgotten Shankly Tapes" which, with a bit of Googling, leads to THE-FORGOTTEN-SHANKLY-TAPES.

Is that you too?


31 Dec 09 - 05:34 AM (#2799890)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: Micca

John, Glad it wasn't you, not quite ready to wave you good bye, I would verify the description, witty Earthy etc vis the late night Extra Sundaynight at the Getaway which was, for me,one of the most memorable of the impromptu Getaway sings of all
micca


31 Dec 09 - 05:53 AM (#2799892)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: John MacKenzie

What a good way to re-publicise your CD, John ;)
Just think what dying did for the sales of Elvis, Jim Reeves, and Michael Jackson.
If I were you I would just keep quiet, and collect the royalties.


31 Dec 09 - 06:20 AM (#2799902)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: Brian Peters

Looking forward to meeting your ghost at Old Songs.
Cheers,
Brian


31 Dec 09 - 09:56 AM (#2800037)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: Jeri

I think it's terrible that they're saying you're dead when you're not. The situation should be corrected immediately.

Of course, I'm not sure 'demise' refers to you being the Dead Pirate Roberts or
"Judiciously mixing acoustic instruments with synthesizers, Roberts freely flits from style to style and mood to mood, yet retains a cohesiveness rooted in both his compositional skills and the underlying sensuous immediacy that runs through this work."


Synthesizers AND flitting!?

People should buy Sea Fever, as it sounds like the talented John Roberts we knew prior to the flitting and the demising.


31 Dec 09 - 10:02 AM (#2800043)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: Dave Swan

...damn, we had such a wake planned...


31 Dec 09 - 10:03 AM (#2800046)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: SINSULL

GOD DAMN IT! You scared the crap out of me!
Happy fuckin' New Year!


31 Dec 09 - 10:09 AM (#2800052)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: Bill D

"This singer is dead!"

"No 'es not...'es just resting!"




wait...maybe it was debt they were speaking of? Would that fit?


31 Dec 09 - 12:22 PM (#2800123)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: GUEST,DonMeixner

Rise up Lazarus!

(Dammit Jeri, you beat me.)

Don


31 Dec 09 - 12:26 PM (#2800126)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: Dan Schatz

Does this mean there's a vacancy on the US Supreme Court?

Dan


31 Dec 09 - 12:34 PM (#2800132)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: Joe Offer

I quipped above that John Roberts was such a common name that is sounds like something used in a witness protection program. Then again, maybe all those John Robertses ARE our John. I've seen his name as a contributor on lots of recordings, so many that I thought that they couldn't all be from the same John. But when I listen, it's always the same voice. Our John is prolific.
Good, though.

-Joe-


31 Dec 09 - 12:39 PM (#2800138)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: Charley Noble

"John & the Supremes"

Another good title for a judicious recording.

Happy to hear, John, that you still walk this earth. It's getting really scary these days and we can ill afford to have you "shuffling off this mortal coil," another good title for a recording.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


31 Dec 09 - 12:57 PM (#2800156)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: Art Thieme

John,
It's good to hear that you are, in the best "Mrs. Ravoon" sense, still, alas, "with us."

And John, in the best sense of the so-called "john" in my bathroom, you might be looking a bit "flushed"----but definitely -- not dead.

Art Thieme


31 Dec 09 - 12:58 PM (#2800157)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: EBarnacle

To paraphrase Mark Twain, "The reports of thy death are greatly exaggerated." Congratulations on still being with us and try to stay that way for the next few decades. Eric and Hillary


31 Dec 09 - 01:09 PM (#2800168)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: stallion

Ah John I dare say more than one of us has died in more than one place, just don't do the gig again! oops it wasn't you, well you would say that I keep quiet about the duff ones! Anyway good to know you will blaspheming and swearing your way into the new year old son, give a "bugger off" for me
Pete
Dunno how many John Roberts there are but I know there is only one of me on the web! Kinda worrying that there will be no false alarms to find out what people really think, on the other hand......don't want to know!


31 Dec 09 - 01:09 PM (#2800169)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: Big Mick

Look, I am paying bills with the music too. I get that we need publicity of all sorts, and am not above a bit of showmanship in getting it. But dying and then posting to say it was just a joke? Don't you think that is a bit beyond the pale? Next you be will pulling some nonsensical shit like walking on water and telling us it is a new way of fishing.... naw ... that is a bit too far ......

You gave me a fright, John. I look forward to sneaking a bottle of bourbon into the various gatherings and sitting all night with you trying not to run out of songs before you do. The last time we did this I was so out of songs that I ended up singing jingles from commercials while you were only half way through your friggin' repertoire!!! But it ain't fair, cuz your songs all have 4,567 verses to them. I ran out for a sandwich and a nap on one and came back to find you had made it through about half the song, fer chrissakes.

Anyways, glad you haven't really croaked, and I look forward to your company at a gathering soon. Should you decide to croak in the meantime, buy yourself lots of cheap cologne. Corpses smell like a load of week old shite.

All the best,

Mick


31 Dec 09 - 01:24 PM (#2800180)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: The Villan

>>What's life insurance?<<

Common in England John.

Basically an insurance against your life, which your family get the benefit of when you snuff it, as you obviously have. It can be thousands of pounds (UK crrency)

Les Worrall


31 Dec 09 - 01:28 PM (#2800187)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: DebC

I am also glad that our John Roberts is still around as we have some gigs coming up in the UK in March-April 2011. I don't want to do them by myself :-)

Debra Cowan


31 Dec 09 - 01:31 PM (#2800188)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: Liam's Brother

Dear John,

This is not a "Dear John" letter.

Happy to hear you are still alive, doubly to hear it from you, yourself. This means that you can visit Andros Island, rather than merely have your ashes blow around the place.

Best wishes for 2010 and for sometime afterwards,
Dan


31 Dec 09 - 01:31 PM (#2800189)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: kendall

STOP IT...JUST STOP IT! Now I have to have a shot of Scotch to steady my nerves.


31 Dec 09 - 01:34 PM (#2800193)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)

John, don't DO that to me!! I saw the thread title and expressed myself with eloquence in words of one syllable until I saw that you had posted it.

I missed Nowell this year due to an unfortunate double-booking with my own chorus (now, who's fault was that to not check the schedule??) and you can't conk out before I see you all next year. And for other reasons.

But as Brian said, there's always Old Songs (wait- Brian's coming to Old Songs? Cool!!).

All the best to you for the New Year!

Allison


31 Dec 09 - 01:34 PM (#2800194)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: Big Mick

kendall, you take a shot of Scotch if the dog farts.... don't start blaming it on John's leaving.


31 Dec 09 - 01:41 PM (#2800205)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: stallion

and the dog can fart!


31 Dec 09 - 01:49 PM (#2800216)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: Susan A-R

Glad you are still around to sing and scare the shit out of us. That's the second time John. The first was at Old Songs a couple of years ago. No more please.


31 Dec 09 - 02:42 PM (#2800270)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: Artful Codger

Joe, I always thought your name sounded like a hit-man's alias.

Is John walking in bare feet on his album cover? Do you hear any messages if you play "Sea Fever" backwards?


31 Dec 09 - 03:16 PM (#2800306)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: Anglo

I WAS THE WALRUS, I WAS THE WALRUS!


31 Dec 09 - 03:33 PM (#2800325)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: adventure

It's 3:30 pm and you are a wake....!!!

Cheers


31 Dec 09 - 03:51 PM (#2800337)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: Murray MacLeod

that's a relief, John.

you going to be here in March, with Deb ?

that, I have to see


31 Dec 09 - 03:59 PM (#2800342)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: olddude

John
The press is never wrong, they validate every story and follow up on every story ... Hence you are dead so admit it and be off to the after life you stubborn man you ... geeze doesn't even know he is dead even after reading it in the paper. LOL

Great story, very glad you are still sharing the planet with us


31 Dec 09 - 04:05 PM (#2800352)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: DebC

2011, Murray.

Deb


31 Dec 09 - 04:48 PM (#2800385)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demi-Demise: John Roberts
From: Severn

Demise? Apparently....

Dem eyes have seen the glory of the second-coming of the almost- lowered.

Return that wreath of grapes to the vintage and put it back in storage.

There's proof he's marching on!


31 Dec 09 - 04:50 PM (#2800386)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: Severn

Non-gory Hallelujah!


31 Dec 09 - 06:40 PM (#2800452)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: RTim

At least this "subject" got me to play and listen to - "Sea Fever" again today, and to remember how good it is!

Great New Year to John, and to everyone reading this!!

Tim Radford


31 Dec 09 - 08:59 PM (#2800520)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: GUEST,999

"Joe, I always thought your name sounded like a hit-man's alias."

As in "I'm gonna make you an Offer ya can't refuse."


31 Dec 09 - 11:20 PM (#2800574)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: EBarnacle

OK, let's all hoist a large glass of the crayture to celebrate our arrival in the next year.


01 Jan 10 - 04:21 AM (#2800645)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: Anglo

HAPPY NEW YEAR, EVERYONE !

We celebrated with a few friends (6 of us in all) playing Irish music till close to 4am, with a short break for apple pie and watching the ball drop in Times Square. Concertina, uilleann pipes, whistle, fiddle, bouzouki, harp, accordion, a jolly time was had by all.


01 Jan 10 - 03:39 PM (#2800946)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: Ref

Always a pleasure to read of your non-demise.


01 Jan 10 - 04:05 PM (#2800959)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: The Villan

And Anglo returns, just like Doctor Who

Doctor Who


02 Jan 10 - 08:33 AM (#2801380)
Subject: RE: Apparent Demise: John Roberts
From: bbc

John, subject lines like that are likely to give others heart attacks! I'm glad you're still among us. Seems like, these days, we're getting more & more obits in the Mudcat. Couldn't have anything to do with our ages, do you think? Best of the New Year to you!

bbc