I heard Carl Smith’s ‘Hey Joe’ this morning and thought of this thread.
Adding Billy Robert’s version of the more popular “Hey Joe” tune. According to sources, he originally registered the song, in 1962. I think it is good.
Then I read the following on Wordpress.com, about the Billy Robert’s version.:
Niela Miller on September 15, 2012 at 9:13 pm
Billy Roberts was my boyfriend in the late fifties. He and I met when he first arrived in town and we were both going in to an event at Gerde’s Folk City. He had no place to stay, so, naturally, I invited him to stay with me and one thing led to another. The important thing to know here is that I taught him all my songs among which was a song called Baby, Please Don’t Go to Town using the circle of fifths and the question-answer format .You can hear it on YouTube (misnamed as Baby Don’t Go Downtown) and on my album called Songs of Leaving (www.numerogroup.com). Imagine my surprise when several years later I heard Hey Joe by Billy Roberts! There was my tune, my chord progression, my question answer format. Pete Seeger who I knew back then, recognized it as a rip-off and offered to testify that he had heard my song long before it came out as this remodeled version. He dropped the bridge that is in my song and changed it enough so that the copyright did not protect me from his plagiarism. I never cared about the money but an acknowledgment from him would have been nice!
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