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1923 - Henry Whitter - "Wreck of the Old 97"

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Published on Aug 21, 2009

Though he did not write the song, Henry Whitter was the first one to record the old-time railroad ballad "Wreck of the Old 97", back in 1923, on Okeh Records. This particular recording was taken from a podcast of old 78 rpm vinyl recordings, played over the internet by WFMU (www.wfmu.org) on November 20, 2007. The original link is http://www.wfmu.org/playlists/shows/2... if you'd like to go check out that whole show and/or grab the original file as broadcasted by WFMU. I hunted around for a long, long time before I was able to find this, so I hope my posting of it on YouTube saved you a lot of trouble. I also hope you enjoy hearing the original, first ever recording of this great song, played from an original old 78 record. :) G.B. Grayson may or may not have been on the recording as well with Whitter; I don't know which is correct. For what it's worth, WFMU credited the song to both Grayson and Whitter on their page that had the recording.

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