Fifty Years Ago Today, July 18, 1962

Fifty Years Ago Today, July 18, 1962

There are 3 comments on the Ledger-Enquirer.com story from Jul 18, 2012, titled Fifty Years Ago Today, July 18, 1962. In it, Ledger-Enquirer.com reports that:

Two Alabama Farm Aid officials testified today that they moved in quickly to stop Billie Sol Estes, former business associate of Vice President Lyndon Johnson, when he tried to transfer Barbour County cotton acreage allotments from their state.

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Frank

Pittsview, AL

#1 Jul 18, 2012
My favorite part of the Ledger newspaper

“Maker of poetry, art & music”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#2 Jul 18, 2012
Frank wrote:
My favorite part of the Ledger newspaper
Agreed... classic momnets in small capsules.

There was a folk song called "Stand Tall, Billy Sol" back in those days, I think it was by Phil Ochs... haven't thought about it in years, and at the time I did know of it, a decade after this or more, the 1970s, Billy Sol was already very obscure.

Worth researching when I get the time.

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Truck Stop Woman / Will Dockery & Henry Conley:
http://youtu.be/Hv6u6GNe6Kk

“Maker of poetry, art & music”

Since: Dec 08

Columbus, GA

#4 Jul 20, 2012
There was a folk song called "Stand Tall, Billy Sol" back in those days, I think it was by Phil Ochs... haven't thought about it in years, and at the time I did know of it, a decade after this or more, the 1970s, Billy Sol was already very obscure.
Worth researching when I get the time.

Well, haven't found the "Billy Sol" song online yet, but there are quite a few blogs and such about it an Phil Ochs.

Here's one:

http://www.mudcat.org/detail_pf.cfm...

The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #2285 Message #332247
Posted By: Art Thieme
01-Nov-00 - 06:15 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: songs about the Kennedy assassination
Subject: Lyr Add: BILLY SOL

BILLY SOL
by Phil Ochs
tune: "JESSE JAMES"

It was in the year of 1953,
The chamber of commerce took a vote,
They picked ten rising young men and Bill was one of them,
But the government disagreed---and I quote:

Chorus)
Stand tall Billy Sol, we don't know you at all,
Take down those pictures from the wall,
We don't want to handle an agriculture scandal,
We've got to face elections in the Fall.

Billy started out with just one little lamb,
His fortune just grew and grew,
But irregularity in his share of parity,
Came to light and the charges really flew.

J.F.K. denied and Orville Freeman sighed,
He said that everyone around was fair and square,
But he was no more convincin' than Ezra Taft Benson,
As resignations cropped up everywhere.

And now I'd like to say that crime sure doesn't pay,
But if you want to make some money on the sly,
You can always rent -- the U.S. government,
It's the best one that money can buy.

Interesting time capsules... both from he original era and the somewhat later one when I was learning all this, around 1976 or so.

--
"Wobble" / Will Dockery & Henry Conley:
http://www.reverbnation.com/play_now/song_129...

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