Most of you know that I am a big fan of the Grateful Dead, was on the bus for a very long time. One of the lesser deities in the Grateful Dead pantheon of gods was the late John Dawson aka Marmaduke, a multi instrumentalist and vocalist who played with Jerry very early on and then again with and without him in the New Riders of the Purple Sage.
Dawson was a co writer and also played on Friend of the Devil.
My buddy and blog reader and contributor Kerry is an audiophile and record collector and found this record recently. He sent me this note the other day:
Since you’re the only serious Dead Head I know I’ve got a question for you about a John ‘Marmaduke’ Dawson solo album I found in my ‘collection’ today: John Dawson - Guitar and Autoharp (R4M-0738R4M-0738).I sent this letter to a few knowledgable people, got a response from two, Corry and Howard, neither had heard of it. David Gans did not reply to my query. I think that it is early, can find nothing for Forrest Boothe in my own google hunt. Not sure if the peace symbol locks us in to post 66 but who knows? FYI Don't think twice was written in 63, Girl from the North Country an old British folk tune also released by Dylan in 63.
I bought it at a flea market in an inner sleeve, no cover. Looks like a custom/private pressing.
I can't find any information online, zero, and not not much information on the label except the song lists, Side 1 and Side 2 catalogue numbers and the text "recorded by Forrest Boothe”. There’s a ‘peace symbol’ drawing on the label so it must be from ’66 or later. Must be very rare.
1. The Three Rogues (trad.)
2. Freight Train (Elizabeth Cotton)
3. Birmingham Town ( Dawson)
4. Soldier Boy ( Dawson)
5. He Had A Long Chain On (Jimmy Driftwood)
6. Study War No More (trad.)
1. Alberta (Folk Blues)
2. Don't Think Twice (Dylan)
3. Song Of The Deportees (Woody Guthrie)
4. La Bamba (Son Jarocho)
5. Girl From The North Country (Dylan).
Kerry is going to record this for me. I can't wait to hear the Jimmy Driftwood He had a long chain on tune.
Anybody have knowledge of this that can help fill in the blanks in the dead family discography?