Long Black Veil (song)
title=Long Black Veil
Marijohn Wilkinand Danny Dill
"Long Black Veil" is a 1959 country
balladabout a man suspected of murder. The alleged refuses to provide an alibi, because he was having an affair with his best friend's wife at the time, and would rather die than reveal this. Subsequently, he is executed by hanging, taking their secret to the grave. The chorus describes the woman's mourning visits to his gravesite in her long black veil. The song is sung from the point of view of the executed man.
Originally recorded in
Nashvillein 1959by Lefty Frizzelland produced by Don Law, it reached #6 on the U.S. Country chart. The song was written by composer and singer Danny Dillwith Marijohn Wilkinin a folk musicstyle in 1959. Wilkin also played piano on the original recording by Frizzell.
The writers later stated that they drew on three sources for their inspiration:
Red Foley's recording of "God Walks These Hills With Me"; a contemporary newspaper report about the unsolved murder of a priest; and the legend of a mysterious veiled woman who regularly visited Rudolph Valentino's grave. Dill himself called it an "instant folksong".
The song was a departure from Frizzell's previous
honky tonkstyle and was a deliberate move toward the current popularity of folk-styled material and the burgeoning Nashville sound. It has become a 'standard' and has been covered by a variety of artists in country, folk and rock styles. It appeared on landmark albums by Johnny Cashand The Bandin 1968 (see list below), and charted again in 1999 with the Dave Matthews Band, who performed the song live with Emmylou Harrisat a Johnny Cash tribute concert. Early in her career, Joan Baezincorporated the song into her live repertoire, and recorded it twice (see list below). The song was performed by Bruce Springsteenon his 2006 Seeger Sessions Band Tour. The chorus is frequently sung by Bruce Hornsbyduring live performances of his song "White Wheeled Limousine."
Rise Up Singingpage 102
elected list of recorded versions
Lefty Frizzell, US Country single #6
The Country Gentlemen, " Country Songs, Old and New"
The Kingston Trio, "New Frontier"
Burl Ives, "The Versatile Burl Ives!"
Jerry & Sarah, " Top of the Tangent, Palo Alto 02-02-1963" Jerry Garcia and his first wife Sarah.
Joan Baez, " Joan Baez in Concert, Part 2"
Wolfe Tones, " Rights Of Man "
Johnny Cash, "Orange Blossom Special"
Johnny Cash, " Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison" - US Pop album #13, US Country album #1, UK album #1
The Band, " Music from Big Pink" - US Pop album #30
The Byrds, " Boston Tea Party", live recording - [http://www.bootlegzone.com/album.php?name=yd045§ion=51 citation]
Joan Baez, " (I Live) One Day at a Time"
Bill Monroe, "Kentucky Bluegrass"
Johnny Cash, "Johnny Cash 1970"
New Riders of the Purple Sage, " Gypsy Cowboy"
Sammi Smith- US Country single #26
*1980 Jimmy Ellis aka Orion
Marianne Faithfull, "Rich Kid Blues" - originally recorded 1971
*1984 Baby Opaque featuring
Ian Mackaye. [http://www.kittyfeet.com/stuff/Cash.mp3 MP3]
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, " Kicking Against the Pricks"
Don Walser, "The Archive Series Volume 2"
The Chieftainswith Mick Jagger(vocal), "The Long Black Veil"
Don Williams, "Borrowed Tales"
Mike Ness, " Cheating at Solitaire"
Dave Matthews Band, " Listener Supported" - US Pop album #15. (It also appears on the 2004 album, " The Gorge(6-Disc Special Edition).")
Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Tony Rice, " The Pizza Tapes" - originally recorded in 1993
Daryle Singletary"That's Why I Sing This Way"
John Duffey, "Always In Style: A Collection"
Jason & The Scorchers, "Wildfires + Misfires"
Johnny Cash, "Unearthed"
Pine Valley Cosmonauts(vocals by Sally Timms & Edith Frost), "The Executioner's Last Songs: Volumes 2 & 3"
*2003 Rob Coffinshaker "Fairytales from the Dungeon" single.
Ani Difranco, Gillian Welchand Greg Brown, "Live in Madison, WI"
The Stranglers, single
Tim O'Brien, "Fiddler's Green"
*2006 Mike Connolly
*2006 Crooked Fingers, Like a Version 2 (Australia)
*2007 Uncle Douglas "Joe" St. Pierre
*2007 Stoney LaRue, Live At Billy Bob's Texas
*2007 David Gray,"a thousand miles behind" live USA
*2007 Professor Louis and the Crowmatix (The Spirit of Woodstock)
Diamanda Galás, "Guilty Guilty Guilty"
The Stanley Brothers
Banks & Shane
Steve Wynn& Concrete Blonde
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