Sorry I did not post yesterday. Things got rather busy. First of all
, great job on all
of the "all" songs. The mystery song this time was picked up right away. It was "All of Me." It was only a matter of time before Clarissa won this. Clarissa, you'll need to arrange your own travel and accommodations to Hylton, TX. By the way, there are no residents in Hylton anymore.
Now for today's topic. We are going for a theme again. How about some songs involving:FURNITURE
Now, for those of you who, like I, are fans of O Brother, Where Art Thou,
here is an interesting little story. The headline was:Ex-Con Makes it Big with a Song He Can't Remember, in a Movie He's Never Seen
In September 1959, James Carter, now 77, was chopping wood with a Mississippi prison road gang. He frequently led the men in singing while they worked, and one afternoon he happened to be recorded while singing a song called "Po' Lazarus." Carter served out his sentence and became a shipping clerk when he got out of prison. By 2002 he was retired.
What happened to that recording of "Po' Lazarus" is another story: It was preserved in a music archive, and in 2000 it ended up in the soundtrack of the film O Brother, Where Art Thou
. The soundtrack was an even bigger hit than the movie: It went on to sell more than five million copies, generating thousands of dollars in royalties for Carter...if anyone could find him. After more than 40 years, nobody even knew whether he was even still alive.
It took the record's producer about a year to track Carter down in Chicago. One day, two people showed up at his doorstep, told him about the movie (he'd never seen it) and the soundtrack (he'd never heard it) and handed him a check for $20,000.00, the first of what would likely be hundreds of thousands of dollars in royalties.
About a week later, Carter flew to the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, where he saw the album win five Grammies, including Album of the Year. For all that, Carter has trouble even remembering the lyrics to the song that made him an instant celebrity. "I sang that song a long time back," he says.