Frank Noah Proffitt June 1, — November 24, was an Appalachian old time banjoist who preserved the song " Tom Dooley " in the form we know it today and was a key figure in inspiring musicians of the s and s to play the traditional five-string banjo.
He was born in Laurel BloomeryTennessee and was raised in the Reese area of Watauga CountyNorth Carolina where he worked in a variety of jobs and lived on a Sexy women wants casual sex Foley with his wife and six children.
He grew tobacco, worked as a carpenter, and in a spark plug factory. Frank Warner was Kanarraville Utah Horny women for a dulcimer builder and thus began a year friendship and song swapping. Warner collected his songs and shared them with Alan Lomaxwho included many, including the ballad "Tom Dooley" that Warner had learned from Proffitt, in his book, Folksong U.
Proffitt had learned the song from his aunt Nancy Prather, who had in turn learnt it from her mother Edy Adeline Pardue Proffitt, who had known both Dula locally pronounced "Dooley" and Laura Foster.
The Kingston Trio learned "Tom Dooley" from a recording by Warner, and were eventually required by court judgement to acknowledge their debt to Proffitt and pay him royalties for the use of the song. Proffitt died inaged American musician. Edinburgh: Polygon Books.
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