LONG BLACK VEIL

Latest update on 26/11/2010

Artist: Lefty Frizzell
Author: Marijohn Wilkin/Danny Dill
Label: Columbia
Year: 1959

Saga song much younger than it looks and inspired by true facts: the murder of a New Jersey priest and the confusing story of a veiled woman visiting Rudolph Valentino's grave with fresh flowers every day. In the song a man is convicted for murdering his best friend. He had an alibi but couldn't produce it in court: while the killing took place the widow shared his bed. Story told from the perspective of the executed in his own grave, visited by his loved one in mourning. This song revitalised Lefty's career. With Marijohn Wilkin on piano.

Covers:

1959:

Country Gentlemen

1960:

Carl Mann

1960:

Joan Baez

1961:

Marijohn Wilkin [own answer version as My Long Black Veil with slightly different lyrics: 'The few at the scene were wrong as can be, cause the man they accused that night was with me']

1962:

Johnny Rivers

1965:

Johnny Cash

1966:

Bobby Bare

1967:

Marianne Faithfull

1968:

Band

1969:

Marsha Hunt

1972:

New Riders Of The Purple Sage

1974:

Sammi Smith

1974:

Barry White

1986:

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds

1990:

Proclaimers

1995:

Don Walser

1995:

Chieftains with Mick Jagger

1997:

Rick Danko [almost 7 minute version]

1999:

Dave Matthews Band

2003:

Harry Manx

2009:

Rosanne Cash [with Jeff Tweedy]

2009:

Caroline Herring

Frizzell was a Grand Ole' Opry star and an ex prize fighter with a fearsome left hand, hence his nickname. See also: Always Late (With Your Kisses).

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