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“Man of Constant Sorrow,” the Blind Fiddler’s Tune Everybody Knows

Bob Dylan’s first national TV appearance came in March of 1963 on a program called “Folk Songs, and More Folk Songs!” He performed three songs, including “Man of Constant Sorrow,” a folk tune from circa 1913, originally recorded by the partially blind fiddler Dick Burnett. Burnett, interviewed late in life, couldn’t remember whether [...]

The Late Movies: Mixed Musical Genres

It’s a treat for your ears when a song you know is performed in a completely different style. Sometimes it seems like there’s a hard dividing line between musical genres, with folk, country, bluegrass, and gospel forever separated from pop, rock and rap. But occasionally a song crosses over, not just on the charts, but [...]