The History of Political Songs and Jingles in Tennessee

Acknowledgments and Visitor Feedback

The Center for Popular Music (CPM) and the Albert Gore Research Center wish to thank John Fabke for his work curating this online exhibit. Fabke has been immersed in the study of American traditional music since the late 1980s as a performer, teacher, researcher, and radio show host/producer. He recently completed work on his Master’s Degree (Master’s of Library and Information Science) through San Jose State University and has worked as an archivist at both the Country Music Hall of Fame and at the Center for Popular Music at MTSU over the last two years. Currently employed at the CPM, Fabke is putting the finishing touches on the extensive “My Homeland” Tennessee Songs Collection. During the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association convention in Nashville, Fabke will be organizing and hosting three oral history sessions celebrating the lives and contributions of groundbreaking musicians Earl Scruggs, Doug Dillard, and Everett Lilly.

Mr. Fabke wishes to thank Bill Malone, Martin Fisher, Dale Cockrell, Lucinda Cockrell, Bruce Nemerov, Doug Seroff, Roby Cogswell, Kent Blanton, Robert Montgomery, Tennessee Archive of Moving Image and Sound—Bradley Reeves, the Country Music Hall of Fame (Kelli Hix and Alan Stoker), and the Albert Gore Research Center (Dr. Jim Williams, Jim Havron, and Kent Syler) for their assistance with this project.

Special thanks to Bill Hudson for donating the "Ray of Blanton Sunshine" audio clip.

Funding for this project was provided by the Albert Gore Research Center. If you would like to help us create more exhibits like this one in the future, please follow the "Donations & Contributions" link in the left navigation and consider making a tax-deductible donation in support of our work.

Martin Fisher of the Center for Popular Music kindly digitized several analog recordings for use in this exhibit. Kent Syler unearthed the "Ray of Blanton Sunshine" song for this exhibit.

If you have comments or questions about this exhibit, please contact the center directors: Gregory Reish, Center for Popular Music; or Dr. Louis Kyriakoudes, Albert Gore Research Center.

Finally, if you have recordings of political songs or jingles from Tennessee campaigns that we have not featured here, please let us know. We'd love to hear from you!


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