PRETTY BOY FLOYD

Latest update on 09/02/2012

Artist: Woody Guthrie
Author: Woody Guthrie
Label: Library Of Congress
Year: 1940

Alan Lomax recording, who elevated this own composition in league with traditionals as Jesse James and Casey Jones.

Covers:

1955:

Ramblin' Jack Elliott

1962:

Joan Baez

1962:

Tom Rush [on Live at the Unicorn]

1968:

Mike Millius [tune of The Ballad Of Martin Luther King]

1968:

Byrds

1974:

Melanie

1988:

Bob Dylan

Outlaw Charles Arthur Floyd was nicknamed Pretty Boy in a brothel. 'Madame' Anne Chambers wanted to keep him for herself. His crime spree began during the Dust Bowl years when he started robbing banks all over midwestern America. Gained legendary status while Robin Hooding the hardest hitted farmers and the unemployed. Topped the 'most wanted' list after killing five FBI agents in an ambush. Finally laid down by equally legendary G-man Melvin Purvis in October 1934, who posed with Pretty Boy's body as if he'd hunted down a piece of game. That same year future singing cowboy Ray Whitley (see also: Back In The Saddle Again) cut his own Pretty Boy Floyd for Perfect/Banner, but that was another song.

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