Long Black Veil was written by Marijohn Wilkin and Danny Dill in 1959 and recorded that same year by country singer Lefty Frizzell. After it was written Dill called it an “instant folksong.” Lefty’s record reached #6 on the country charts, but over the years it has become even more popular, being recorded by hundreds of artists including Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Dave Matthews Band, Joan Baez, and The Band even performed it at Woodstock in 1969. It was written from the man’s perspective, but in 1960 in an unreleased version, co-writer Marijohn Wilkin recorded a different version from the female perspective.
This song is from Kris Kristofferson’s first album, “Kristofferson.” It’s been one of my favorites for a long time. I did this fingerstyle but it sounds good if you want to strum it instead.
John Prine is my favorite songwriter of all time thanks to his quirky lyrics and simple melodies. This is one of my favorites. According to a John Prine biographer, Spanish Pipedream is “a hilarious Age of Aquarius anthem, the hippie commune ideal summed up in less than four minutes.”
This was Elvis Presley’s first #1 national hit song, “I Forgot to Remember to Forget.” I did it in the key of C and it’s really easy to play (C, F, & G). Short song, so I played it through once strumming then again fingerstyle.