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February 10, 2010



Platters, not Drifters


Listener Greg G.

Fixed now. Thanks for catching.


Phil Ochs also wrote a song about William Moore; it came out on a compilation of demos and outtakes called "The Early Years."

Doug Schulkind

Wow! Thank you so much for posting this, Greg. For years I have been playing on my radio show a performance of a poem about Bill Moore written by East German dissident Wolf Biermann. Though it is sung in German—by scholar, critic and Brecht historian Eric Bentley—it never fails to make me weep.

The poem is called "Ballad of the Letter-Carrier William L. Moore of Baltimore," and it appears on the Folkways record, Bentley on Biermann.

I have isolated that track from the RealAudio archive of a show from December 2002. To hear it (you must have a RealAudio Player) click here.

Listener Greg G.

Doug, thanks for the information and the links. Glad to know this song struck such a chord with you!


Thanks for the link to the song Doug. It's very moving. Amazing to think that a poet in East Germany wrote about the civil rights struggle in the States in the 1960s.

Steve Evans

Bill Moore, a very brave guy to walk through the southern states advertising his views which must have been highly unpopular at the time - a fact that would have been also made known to him I am sure. A ballad and a story that is bound to have worldwide appeal now as it did in the 1960s.

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