Tuesday, November 17, 2015

11/17/1958 Tom Dooley hangs at #1

November 17, 1958.  Tom Dula hung in 1869 for the murder of Laurie Foster.  There is still debate as to whether he was the guilty party - or the only guilty one.  What is beyond debate is that on this date the Kingston Trio had a number one hit with their version of an old folk song about the crime: "Tom Dooley."  It was one of the high water marks of the folk music revival.


  1. Now I have the song running through my head! :)

  2. I actually wrote a book about the Trio in 1986. If Tom Dooley had never happened, that book would have been unnecessary (and puzzling)!