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Blast From The Past – An American Trilogy

Mickey Newbury is a songwriter most famous for a song he arranged, but did not write.

One night in Los Angeles, at a time of national distress over war and race issues in the U.S.A., Newbury spontaneously combined a southern anthem (written by a northerner, D.D. Emmett), a northern anthem (written by a southerner, William Steffe), and a third song that was originally a Jamaican slave song (All My Sorrows).

In the audience that night were many celebrities, Odetta, Kristofferson and Streisand among them. The trio of songs brought tears to Odetta’s eyes. It came to be called An American Trilogy, and would be adopted by Elvis Presley as the centerpiece of his later concerts.

This clip is an extra from LIVE AT THE HERMITAGE, the new Mickey Newbury DVD, and features Marie Rhines on violin. The clip is uploaded with the permission of the Newbury family, and the DVD is available in the cd store at

The track formed part of his 1971 concept album “Frisco Mabel Joy”

The original Mickey Newbury version reached #26 in 1972, and #9 on Billboard’s Easy Listening chart. Later in 1972, Elvis Presley’s version reached #66, and peaked at #31 on the Easy Listening chart.

This is from a concert that was headlined by Elvis Presley, and broadcast live via satellite around the world on January 14, 1973. It was watched by over one billion viewers worldwide and remains the most watched broadcast by an individual entertainer in television history.

To buy the music of Mickey Newbury click HERE

June 14, 2011 - Posted by | Blast from The Past, Video | ,

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