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Wim - The leadoff track on Neil Young's new "Americana" album is his version of this arrangement of "Oh Susanna". He first heard it in the early 60s by The Thorns, Tim Rose's folk-rock band that, I believe, he started in '63.....about the same time that Tim was also in the Big Three with Mama Cass and Jim Hendricks. (That's Tim singing lead in the video.)

And speaking of Hendricks.....the first version of "Hey Joe" that Jimi Hendrix ever heard was by Tim Rose, singing in a West Village club.......a slow version that Jimi appropriated for his later UK hit single. (I also think the Grateful Dead & Jeff Beck Group first heard "Morning Dew" as sung by Rose....) Tim was very influential in the folk-rock scene, but wasn't ever really successful, at least not in the US.

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