Saturday, August 15, 2015

Crankin' It Up; Pathetic Ballads

Pathetic ballads were a big thing at one time. The Baggage Coach Ahead is a classic, and it is about a young widowed husband and his child as the deceased mother is carried in "The Baggage Coach Ahead". Young Marion Parker fits the genre, except this is a true story. Marion Parker was twelve years old, and was abducted from her school, held for ransom, and murdered. There are gruesome details, which you can read about HERE. The murderer told the cops that he needed the ransom money to attend Bible college. It's all very fascinating, and very sad. The song fits into the Country Music category in OKeh's list of records.

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