The Road Goes on Forever?
Two Bold Singermen and the English Folk Revival - The Lives, Song Traditions and Legacies of Sam Larner and Harry Cox - Bruce Lindsay
Bruce Lindsay [+]
Music Journalist and Social Historian
This chapter tells of Sam and Harry’s final years. Sam Larner remained popular with folk revivalists, but he spent the last few years quietly at home in Winterton before his death in 1965. Harry lived until 1971: often critical of ‘modern’ songs, he would nevertheless join in with one or two pop hits of the time and the advent of portable tape recorders meant that he was regularly visited by fans eager to make their own recordings of this influential singer. Both men are regularly cited as key influences on the second folk revival and on the singers and musicians who emerged in the 1960s and later: this closing chapter appraises the men’s lives and posthumous impact, which has extended as far as Hollywood.