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The New Christy Minstrels & Gene Clark - 1963 - Part lll/V





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"The Muddy Road To Freedom" (The Drinkin' Gourd).

Watch for Gene's solo at 1:09

You can hear Barry McGuire growling under everybody else. :-)

Cool the way the tune modulates to major key near the end; VERY MUCH like "I knew I'd want you".

In what is probably the biggest irony of my life; my Dad's brother was Randy Sparks' best friend, up until the day he died in the late '90's.

Randy begged uncle Walt to stop smoking, which he didn't, and he succumbed to lung cancer.

I NEVER met my uncle, but I'm told that Randy was in our house around 1965 playing Guitar; I would have been only 4 years old then, and have no memory of this.

Before the Christys became famous, Randy told Dad that he was going to buy him a Rolls Royce when he bcame "Rich & Famous"!

The Rolls never materialised. :-)

I wouldn't make The Byrds/Christys connection until YEARS after I started playing.

Gene left The Minstrels shortly after this, after hearing "She Loves You" on a restaurant jukebox, and headed to California...

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