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Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Ramblin' Jack Elliott
(born Elliot Charles Adnopoz; August 1, 1931) is an American folk singer and performer.

Contents

1 Life and career 2 Discography

2.1 Studio 2.2 Live 2.3 With Derroll Adams 2.4 Compilations

3 References 4 External links

Life and career[edit] Elliott was born in 1931 in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Florence (Rieger) and Abraham Adnopoz.[1] His family was Jewish. He attended Midwood High School
Midwood High School
in Brooklyn
Brooklyn
and graduated in 1949. Elliott grew up inspired by the rodeos at Madison Square Garden, and wanted to be a cowboy. Encouraged instead to follow his father's example and become a surgeon, Elliott rebelled, running away from home at the age of 15 to join Col. Jim Eskew's Rodeo, the only rodeo east of the Mississippi. They traveled throughout the Mid-Atlantic states and New England. He was only with them for three months before his parents tracked him down and had him sent home, but Elliott was exposed to his first singing cowboy, Brahmer Rogers, a rodeo clown who played guitar and five-string banjo, sang songs, and recited poetry. Back home, Elliott taught himself guitar and started busking for a living. Eventually he got together with Woody Guthrie
Woody Guthrie
and stayed with him as an admirer and student.

Nobody I know—and I mean nobody—has covered more ground and made more friends and sung more songs than the fellow you're about to meet right now. He's got a song and a friend for every mile behind him. Say hello to my good buddy, Ramblin' Jack Elliott.[2]

Johnny Cash, The Johnny Cash
Johnny Cash
Television Show, 1969

With banjo player Derroll Adams, he toured the United Kingdom
United Kingdom
and Europe. By 1960, he had recorded three folk albums for the UK record label Topic Records. In London, he played small clubs and pubs by day and West End cabaret nightclubs at night. When he returned to the States, Elliott found he had become renowned in American folk music circles. Woody Guthrie
Woody Guthrie
had the greatest influence on Elliott. Guthrie's son, Arlo, said[where?] that because of Woody's illness and early death, Arlo never really got to know him, but learned his father's songs and performing style from Elliott. Elliott's guitar and his mastery of Guthrie's material had a big impact on Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
when he lived in Minneapolis.[3] When he reached New York, Dylan was sometimes referred to as the 'son' of Jack Elliott, because Elliott had a way of introducing Dylan's songs with the words: "Here's a song from my son, Bob Dylan." Dylan rose to prominence as a songwriter; Elliott continued as an interpretative troubadour, bringing old songs to new audiences in his idiosyncratic manner. Elliott also influenced Phil Ochs, and played guitar and sang harmony on Ochs' song "Joe Hill" from the Tape from California album. Elliott also discovered singer-songwriter Guthrie Thomas in a bar in Northern California in 1973, bringing Thomas to Hollywood where Thomas' music career began. Elliott appeared in Dylan's Rolling Thunder Revue
Rolling Thunder Revue
concert tour and played "Longheno de Castro" in Dylan's movie Renaldo and Clara accompanied by guitarist Arlen Roth. In the movie, he sings the song "South Coast" by Lillian Bos Ross and Sam Eskin, from whose lyric the character's name is derived.[4] Elliott also appears briefly in the 1983 film Breathless, starring Richard Gere and directed by Jim McBride.

My name is Longheno de Castro My father was a Spanish grandee But I won my wife in a card game To Hell with those lords o'er the sea

Elliott plays guitar in a traditional flatpicking style, which he matches with his laconic, humorous storytelling, often accompanying himself on harmonica. His singing has a strained, nasal quality which the young Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan
emulated. His repertoire includes American traditional music from various genres, including country, blues, bluegrass and folk. Elliott's nickname comes not from his traveling habits, but rather the countless stories he relates before answering the simplest of questions. Folk singer Odetta
Odetta
claimed that her mother gave him the name, remarking, "Oh, Jack Elliott, yeah, he can sure ramble on!" His authenticity as a folksy, down-to-earth country boy, despite being a Jewish doctor's son from Brooklyn, and his disdain for other folk singers, were parodied by the Folksmen (Christopher Guest, Michael McKean, and Harry Shearer) in the satirical documentary A Mighty Wind in the name of their "hit" album Ramblin'. A Mighty Wind
A Mighty Wind
also referred to a former member of the New Main Street Singers, Ramblin' Sandy Pitnick, a somewhat geeky-looking white man in a cowboy hat, apparently in parody of Elliott. Elliott's first recording in many years, South Coast, earned him his first Grammy Award
Grammy Award
in 1995. He was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1998. His long career and strained relationship with his daughter Aiyana were chronicled in her 2000 film documentary, The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack. At the age of 75, he changed labels and released I Stand Alone on the ANTI- label, with an assortment of guest backup players including members of WIlco, X, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The album was produced by Ian Brennan.[5] Jack said his intention was to title the album Not for the Tourists, because it was recorded partially in response to his daughter's request for songs he loved but never played in concert. When asked why he did not, he told her, "These songs are not for the tourists." In 2012 he was featured on two tracks (4, 12) on the album Older Than My Old Man Now by Loudon Wainwright III. In September 2016, Rolling Stone
Rolling Stone
reported that he will appear alongside Bob Weir, on Weir's new solo album Blue Mountain, on the track "Ki-Yi Bossie".[6] Discography[edit] Studio[edit]

1955: Woody Guthrie's Blues 1957: Jack Elliot Sings 1958: Jack Takes the Floor 1958: Ramblin' Jack Elliott in London
Ramblin' Jack Elliott in London
EMI Records
EMI Records
33 SX 1166 recorded 5/7 November 1958 1960: Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Sings Songs by Woody Guthrie
Woody Guthrie
and Jimmie Rodgers 1960: Jack Elliott Sings the Songs of Woody Guthrie 1961: Songs to Grow On by Woody Guthrie, Sung by Jack Elliott (Folkways Records) 1961: Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Ramblin' Jack Elliott
(Prestige/Folklore) 1962: Country Style (Prestige/Folklore) 1964: Jack Elliott (Vanguard) 1968: Young Brigham
Young Brigham
(Reprise) 1970: Bull Durham Sacks & Railroad Tracks (Reprise) 1981: Kerouac's Last Dream
Kerouac's Last Dream
(Folk Freak/re-release by Conträr Musik, Germany) 1995: South Coast (Red House) 1998: Friends of Mine (HighTone) 1999: The Long Ride (HighTone) 2006: I Stand Alone (ANTI-) 2009: A Stranger Here (ANTI-)

Live[edit]

1962: Jack Elliott at the Second Fret

With Derroll Adams[edit]

1957: The Rambling Boys 1963: Roll On Buddy 1969: Folkland Songs 1969: Riding in Folkland 1975: America

Compilations[edit]

1963: Talking Woody Guthrie
Woody Guthrie
(Topic) 1964: Muleskinner (Topic) 1976: The Essential Ramblin' Jack Elliott
The Essential Ramblin' Jack Elliott
(Vanguard) 1989: Hard Travelin' (reissue of Jack Elliott Sings the Songs of Woody Guthrie and Ramblin' Jack Elliott) 1989: Talking Dust Bowl: The Best of Ramblin' Jack Elliott 1990: Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Spider John Koerner, U. Utah Phillips: Legends of Folk (Red House) 1990: Jack Elliott Plus / Jack Elliott 1995: Me and Bobby McGee (reissue of Young Brigham
Young Brigham
and Bull Durham Sacks & Railroad Tracks) 1995: Jack Elliott: Ramblin' Jack, The Legendary Topic Masters 1999: Ramblin' Jack Elliott: Early Sessions 2000: Best of the Vanguard Years 2004: The Lost Topic Tapes: Cowes Harbour 1957 2004: The Lost Topic Tapes: Isle of Wight 1957 2007: Vanguard Visionaries

Additionally, Three Score and Ten, Topic Records' 70th-anniversary boxed set released in 2009, included "Talking Dustbowl Blues" from Woody Guthrie's Blues
Blues
as track twelve on the seventh CD. References[edit]

^ https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K8F9-LZL ^ "Spring Music - Ramblin' Jack Elliott". Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Retrieved 7 February 2012.  ^ Dylan paid tribute to Elliott's music in Chronicles, Vol. 1, pp 250-252 ^ "South Coast" lyrics Archived 2010-12-05 at the Wayback Machine. - arlo.net, Arlo Guthrie's website ^ "49th annual Grammy nominations list — part 2". Variety. 2006-12-07. Retrieved 2016-12-04.  ^ "Fall Music Preview 2016: 35 Must-Hear Albums". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 12 January 2018. 

External links[edit]

Official website Illustrated Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Ramblin' Jack Elliott
discography The Ballad of Ramblin' Jack on IMDb Anti- Records page featuring Jack's 2006 "I Stand Alone" CD. Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Discography at Smithsonian Folkways

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Ramblin' Jack Elliott

Studio albums

Woody Guthrie's Blues Jack Elliot Sings Jack Takes the Floor Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Ramblin' Jack Elliott
in London Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Ramblin' Jack Elliott
Sings Songs by Woody Guthrie
Woody Guthrie
and Jimmie Rodgers Jack Elliott Sings the Songs of Woody Guthrie Songs to Grow On by Woody Guthrie, Sung by Jack Elliott Ramblin' Jack Elliott Country Style Jack Elliott Young Brigham Bull Durham Sacks & Railroad Tracks Kerouac's Last Dream South Coast Friends of Mine The Long Ride I Stand Alone A Stranger Here

Live albums

Jack Elliott at the Second Fret

With Derroll Adams

The Rambling Boys Roll On Buddy Folkland Songs Riding in Folkland America

Compilations

Talking Woody Guthrie Muleskinner The Essential Ramblin' Jack Elliott Hard Travelin' Talking Dust Bowl: The Best of Ramblin' Jack Elliott Ramblin' Jack Elliott, Spider John Koerner, U. Utah Phillips: Legends of Folk Jack Elliott Plus / Jack Elliott Me and Bobby McGee Jack Elliott: Ramblin' Jack, The Legendary Topic Masters Ramblin' Jack Elliott: Early Sessions Best of the Vanguard Years The Lost Topic Tapes: Cowes Harbour 1957 The Lost Topic Tapes: Isle of Wight 1957 Vanguard Visionaries

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WorldCat Identities VIAF: 14961119 LCCN: n81071141 ISNI: 0000 0000 5513 4146 GND: 134712005 SUDOC: 131259547 BNF: cb13929468f (data) BIBSYS: 11078537 MusicBrainz: 41ed6db5-7a87-4535-b9f1-67ce54598

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