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Episode 7:

Season 4 – Jim Abbott for Jackson C. Frank

Released: October 28, 2023

About This Episode:

This week In the Flamingo Lounge we’re talking about folk icon and Buffalo Music Hall of Fame inductee, Jackson C. Frank.

Joining us to discuss Jackson is Jim Abbott. Jim was Jackson’s guardian and cared for Jackson until his death in 1999. Jim also wrote and published a well-researched memoir about Jackson’s life, titled Jackson C. Frank: The Clear, Hard Light of Genius.

There has been a lot written about Jackson C. Frank that is available on-line. Please find below a few selected links to articles of interest:

Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Bio

A Forgotten Buffalo Legend: The Jackson C. Frank Story

Jackson C Frank – Golden Mirror (1968) – Lost Song Found!

Blues Run the Game: The Strange Tale of Jackson C. Frank – Documentary

Marlene Dupont – Jackson’s girlfriend who lost her life in the Cleveland-Hill Fire on March 31, 1954

Below are links to videos for the song “Blues Run the Game” – many of which were talked about during the podcast. Joshua Lee Turner describes the song in the description of his video as “A Folkie’s rite of passage”:

John Renbourn

Carolyn Hester

Simon & Garfunkel

Old Friends (Greg Hennessey and Steve Metivier)

Laura Marling

Joshua Lee Turner

Valerie June

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