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Roots of the RevivalAmerican and British Folk Music in the 1950s$
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Ronald D. Cohen and Rachel Clare Donaldson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038518

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038518.001.0001

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The Weavers and the Resurgence of Folk Music, 1950–1953

The Weavers and the Resurgence of Folk Music, 1950–1953

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(p.25) 2 The Weavers and the Resurgence of Folk Music, 1950–1953
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Roots of the Revival
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Ronald D. Cohen, Rachel Clare Donaldson
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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252038518.003.0003

This chapter discusses the folk music scene from 1950 to 1953. It begins by describing the formation and rise of the Weavers into one of the most popular musical groups in the U.S. by early 1951. Their song “On Top of Old Smoky,” landed on the charts in April, reached number 2 for two months, and remained for a total of twenty-three weeks. The group also began appearing at the country's most lavish nightclubs, including Ciro's in Hollywood. The remainder of the chapter details Alan Lomax's move to England where he began an energetic broadcasting, collecting, performing, and traveling career as well as other happenings in the folk music scene.

Keywords:   folk music, Weavers, Alan Lomax, folk music groups, England

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