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AMELIA EARHART'S LAST FLIGHT
TRIAL OF FRANCIS POWERS


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Amelia Earhart's Last Flight [Dave McEnery]


John in Brisbane 13 Apr 99 - 10:51 PM
Les B 14 Apr 99 - 12:12 AM
John in Brisbane 14 Apr 99 - 12:17 AM
Les B 14 Apr 99 - 01:00 AM
14 Apr 99 - 01:25 AM
John in Brisbane 14 Apr 99 - 02:29 AM
murray@mpce.mq.edu.au 14 Apr 99 - 05:03 AM
Joe Offer 14 Apr 99 - 02:59 PM
John in Brisbane 14 Apr 99 - 08:39 PM
Ferrara 14 Apr 99 - 10:28 PM
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Bill D 15 Apr 99 - 07:52 PM
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Subject: MUS REQ Amelia Earhart
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 13 Apr 99 - 10:51 PM

I've been searching for this tune for some time and it's not in the DT. Any help please?

Courtesy of a Mudcatter's link to the Jug Band Rag I stumbled across the following reference to Amelia's death.

The News Story With No End - Regular readers of the JBR know the continuing saga of Amelia Earhart, in both story and song. Well, Connie Chung has added her own little pieces to the puzzle. The January 20 edition of Eye to Eye ran a story titled Whatever Happened to Amelia Earhart? Randall Brink's new book, Lost Star, says that Earhart's life ended quite differently than was publicly reported. The official version was that she was "...lost at sea after becoming hopelessly lost in the Pacific, along with her co-pilot Captain Fred Noonan." Brink did research on the tiny island of Mili in the Marshall Islands. He concluded that Earhart safely landed there, and that she had been tasked by U.S. intelligence to conduct photographic reconnaissance of Japanese buildups. Local residents recall seeing a twin-engine plane like Earhart's on a barge. It was shiny like Earhart's. He found old U.S. reconnaissance photos of the island, which clearly show an aircraft similar to Earhart's. Brink found a number of natives who saw Japanese prisoners who resembled Earhart and Noonan. In addition, Brink interviewed a U.S. Marine who was part of the invasion force on an island, where the Japanese had kept important war prisoners.. The Marine found a buried safe, which he and another Marine cracked open. They found a briefcase inside, which contained Earhart's documents. They were all dry and had never been in the ocean water. He knew what he had found, and called investigators. He never heard another thing about the briefcase, and investigators later denied that they had investigated such a briefcase. Brink used the Freedom of Information Act to gain access to documents and phone calls related to the investigation of her loss. He says that top U.S. officials did not want to release information which would "tarnish her image." The U.S. Government says nonsense.

Regards
John

The reference to Eye to Eye was (I think) 1994.


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Subject: RE: MUS REQ Amelia Earhart
From: Les B
Date: 14 Apr 99 - 12:12 AM

Do you want the words or the melody ? (I have the words, no way to send melody)


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Subject: RE: MUS REQ Amelia Earhart
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 14 Apr 99 - 12:17 AM

Les, thank you, the words are in the DT. If you have the melody in written form, I'm sure that we can work out a painless way of getting this. In the meantime suuggest we wait and see what other People may be able to come up with.

Regards John


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Subject: RE: MUS REQ Amelia Earhart
From: Les B
Date: 14 Apr 99 - 01:00 AM

Sorry, I don't have it written down, it's in my head. Too bad I can't hum a few bars and have these magic machines translate.


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Subject: RE: MUS REQ Amelia Earhart
From:
Date: 14 Apr 99 - 01:25 AM

John:

We learned Amelia Earhart's Last Flight from the author, Red River Dave McEnery. He said he wrote it on July 2, 1939, the day she disappeared. He just needed something new for his band to perform so he dashed it off in the afternoon and performed it that night.

There have been countless alleged discoveries of traces of Amelia Earhart but none have ever been proven. We have lots of information on this subject so if you want more, just E-mail us.

We also have the tune in our heads but, alas, no way to transmit it through cyberspace.

Jerry and Bev


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Subject: RE: MUS REQ Amelia Earhart
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 14 Apr 99 - 02:29 AM

Jerry, Bev and Les - This a special song for me because it was sung by a late friend of mine. It became one of his signature tunes. I have always wanted to present the framed tune and words to his widow - the second anniversary of his death is about 6 weeks away.

Re Amelia herself, it was through hearing the song first that I started to pick up on the snippets about her disappearance. Have they made an X Files episode about her yet? In a similar vein, an Australian Prime Minister disappeared while still in office in mysterious circumstances in the mid 60's, and even though I've met some people who claim that he was still alive until at least 10 years ago, the real facts may never be uncovered. If you're out there Harold, feel free to respond to this thread.

Regards
John


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Subject: RE: MUS REQ Amelia Earhart
From: murray@mpce.mq.edu.au
Date: 14 Apr 99 - 05:03 AM

Don't get your hopes up John. I got holt of him soon after he went out swimming that day. Had a pain in my left fin for days.

Da Shark


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Subject: Tune Add: AMELIA EARHART'S LAST FLIGHT (D McEnery)
From: Joe Offer
Date: 14 Apr 99 - 02:59 PM

Hi, John - When I saw six responses to this thread, I was worried that somebody else had posted I had so arduously copied. This is from a terrific songbook called Here's to the Women, edited by Hilda Wenner & Elizabeth Freilicher. The songbook starts the lyrics with the words, "Well, a ship out on the ocean..." The tune won't scan right without the "well" that isn't in the version in the database.
-Joe Offer-

Click to play

ABC format:

X:1
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M:4/4
Q:1/4=120
K:A
F2=F2EE3|A3Bcc3|-c2BABB3|c2B2F4|-F2F2G2G2|
G2F2E2E2|F2E2E4|-E8|F8|-F2=F2EE3|A2B2cc3|
-c2B3/2A/2BB3|c2B2F4|-F2=G2G2=G2|G2A2cB3|
G2B2A4|-A8|B8|-B2c2d4|d2d2d4|c2B2c4|-c8|A8|
-A2B2c4|c2c2c4|B2A2B4|-B8|F8|-F2=F2E4|A2B2c2c2|
B2A2B4|F8|-F2=G2G4|-G2E2dd3|c2B2A4|-A15/2||


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Subject: RE: MUS REQ Amelia Earhart
From: John in Brisbane
Date: 14 Apr 99 - 08:39 PM

Joe Offer, you're an international treasure. Would you object if I nominated you for beatification - I'm sure that many of your responses could be considered miraculous.

Kind Regards
John


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Subject: RE: MUS REQ Amelia Earhart
From: Ferrara
Date: 14 Apr 99 - 10:28 PM

Joe et al, around here the first line is sung, "Just a ship out on the ocean, just a speck against the sky..." Bill has a tape of Red River Dave singing it, but I can't swear to how he sang that first line. - Rita


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Subject: RE: MUS REQ Amelia Earhart
From: Allan. S
Date: 15 Apr 99 - 07:28 PM

WHat do you mean Amelia Earhart died.Any one with a lick of sence knows that she just flew so high that she could never come down. Don't destroy an old mans dreams she is still up there with T.E. Lawrence and all the heros of my youth


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Subject: RE: MUS REQ Amelia Earhart
From: Bill D
Date: 15 Apr 99 - 07:52 PM

Red River Dave said that this was the first song ever sung on TV!..He was performing at the New York Worlds Fair in 1939, and NBC had a booth..(actually a tent) doing a demo of this new invention, TV...and thay needed something to transmit, so they invited Dave to sing some songs...which were sent a short distance to a receiver...and the first song he did was Amelia Earhart. I have a tape of an NPR radio program from about 1976 of him singing and talking...


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Subject: RE: MUS REQ Amelia Earhart
From: mountain tyme
Date: 16 Apr 99 - 04:46 AM

"A ship out o'er the o-cean, Just a spec a-gainst the sky," is how it reads in "Red River" Dave Song Book of fifty original songs and yodels compiled and edited by Betty Ann Fisher I paid 50 cents for in "39". Dave at 24 years old was engaged with the "Swift" company at the 1939 Worlds Fair to ride around on his horse "Pal" and do rope tricks. He was the highest paid singing cowboy star on radio (Mutual Broadcasting System, WOR) and when asked by Swift to do some songs at the fair hired two other cowboys and became known as "Red River Dave's Swift Cowboys." He was born the fourth child to Mr. & Mrs. Gerald McEnery in San Antonio, Texas December 1915. (Joan Crawford and Doug ("wrong way") Corrigan were also born in San Antonio.) Amelia Earhart's Last Flight, words and music by Dave McEnery Arr. by Lindsay Mc Phail was copyrighted and published in MCMXXXIX by STASNY (Betty) MUSIC CORP. 1619 Broadway, N.Y. N.Y. It's a great song and Dave did it in the key of "G".


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Subject: RE: MUS REQ Amelia Earhart
From: AndyG
Date: 16 Apr 99 - 11:54 AM

Springing effortlessly to the defence of my beloved Auntie Beeb :-)

Bill D
The BBC's first TV broadcast was transmitted on 22nd August 1932. I find it hard to believe they didn't transmit a song in seven years.

First song on US TV perhaps ?

AndyG


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Subject: RE: MUS REQ Amelia Earhart
From: Bill D
Date: 16 Apr 99 - 11:25 PM

well, Dave 'may' have stretched the truth...I just reported what he said on this program..*grin*

(or maybe it was the first time anyone decided music would be nice..!)


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Subject: RE: MUS REQ Amelia Earhart
From: Bill D
Date: 16 Apr 99 - 11:33 PM

well, I found this page..which does not answer the question definitavely...there HAD been experimental broadcasts for several years, but the first commercial TV sets were offered in 1939...so...*shrug*


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Subject: RE: MUS REQ Amelia Earhart
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 17 Apr 99 - 02:17 AM

Allan S... you are right. Forget the theories and wild guesses, Amelia busted right through that cloud cover into the astral plane, landed happily and probably hooked a ride from ol T E Lawrence on the back of that Royal Enfield in a place where there are no empty tanks, and no gravel on the curves.


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Subject: RE: MUS REQ Amelia Earhart
From: mountain tyme
Date: 18 Apr 99 - 10:31 PM

There's this guy i meet at music festivals now and then who collects antique areoplanes and has a maple sugar operation. He often asks me to sing Amelia Earhart for him and gives me a couple of jugs of maple syrup for my trouble. No trouble, i enjoy the depth of this song. For those of you who would like to have a recording of this song, the best IMO easily obtained recorded rendition was done by John Herold & the Green Briar Boys in a style fitting the period of the story line.


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Subject: RE: fresh
From: Mark Clark
Date: 08 Sep 01 - 08:21 PM

Farewell, First Lady of the air.

      - Mark


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Subject: RE: MUS REQ Amelia Earhart
From: Greycap
Date: 09 Sep 01 - 04:09 AM

I have the Greenbriar Boys version which I could cassette for anyone still needing it. I also recorded it with Pete Stanley for the Transatlantic label back in the late 70's Roger Knowles


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Subject: RE: MUS REQ Amelia Earhart
From: Mountain Dog
Date: 09 Sep 01 - 09:47 AM

A song I've always liked to play since first hearing it in the late 60s. My introduction was through Rabbit Mackay and the Somis Rhythm Boys on an album titled "Looking Through" on the Uni (United Artists) label. A spunky version, true to the spirit of the original.


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Subject: RE: MUS REQ Amelia Earhart
From: Bill D
Date: 09 Sep 01 - 11:05 AM

I'm going to go see if I can dig out my old tape of Red River Dave singing this...it might be of interest to some...


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Subject: RE: MUS REQ Amelia Earhart
From: Peter T.
Date: 09 Sep 01 - 05:31 PM

Captain Noonan and His Island Hoppers (also known as Rick Fielding and his band) do a smashing version of this.

yours, Peter T. (Let us not forget Joni Mitchell's great, but quite different song, Amelia -- best version on Shadows and Light).


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Subject: RE: MUS REQ Amelia Earhart
From: GUEST,Gary Olson
Date: 15 May 03 - 08:00 PM

John,

I found your posting from 1999 asking about the music to Amelia Earhart. Are you still interested? I have 2 versions in mp3 file form - one is a bluegrass version by the Country Gentlemen and the other is by a group called Plainsong. In both cases, the song is entitled Amelia Earhart's Last Flight. The words are the same as Dave McEnery's (approximately) but without the second verse. If you'd like these, I could email them to you. Just give me an email at glolson@att.net and I'll reply. This is one of my favorite songs - I play bluegrass and it is one in my repertoire.


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Subject: RE: MUS REQ Amelia Earhart
From: Joe Offer
Date: 15 May 03 - 10:33 PM

Hi, Gary - I sent John a MIDI of the tune quites some time ago, and I think he's happy with that. Thanks for the offer.
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: MUS REQ Amelia Earhart
From: Mark Ross
Date: 16 May 03 - 04:49 PM

When I met Dave at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival in '76 he insisted on teaching me the 2nd verse which John Herald didn't sing for some reason or other. Dave was perplexed by this and questioned me about it on stage after we sang the song together.

She radioed position and said that all was well,
But the fuel within her tanks was running low,
And she'd land at Howland Island to refuel her monoplane,
And then on a trip around the world she'd go.

The 1st and 2nd verses are sung and THEN the chorus.

Mark Ross


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Subject: RE: MUS REQ Amelia Earhart
From: Bill D
Date: 16 May 03 - 08:44 PM

In about 1976,after hearing Dave sing the song on the radio, I tried to show that 'missing' verse to an all-women's string band from the west coast, thinking that as they were actively promoting songs about strong women, they would be happy to have it. They just looked at me as if I was proposing editing the 10 Commandments.

*shrug*...it takes time to make changes.


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Subject: RE: MUS REQ Amelia Earhart
From: Mark Clark
Date: 19 May 03 - 01:37 PM

I found a nice site offering a Photographic History of Television with pictures of the setup where Red River Dave most likely performed for his 1939 World's Fair television broadcast. There are also pictures made from some of the 1932 broadcasts.

Too bad there's no picture of Dave performing.

      - Mark


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Subject: RE: MUS REQ Amelia Earhart
From: GUEST,jennifer@mcenery.com
Date: 27 Jan 06 - 05:37 PM

Bill D,
I know your message was posted about 7 years ago, but I thought I might try sending a response anyway. Red River Dave was my great uncle. It was always a treat to go over to my grandparent's house on Sundays and hear his booming voice coming from the Den. He was definitely a character. I read that you have a tape from 1976 of him singing and talking. If there's anyway I could somehow get a copy of that, please let me know. It's such a great feeling to know there are people out there who truly appreciated his music.


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Subject: RE: MUS REQ Amelia Earhart
From: artbrooks
Date: 28 Jan 06 - 08:12 AM

Jennifer, Bill D is still around, but he may not see your message. The best way to reach him may be to join Mudcat (a quick, easy and free process...click "membership" at the top) and send him a Private Message by clicking the small "PM" next to his name in this message. Non-members don't get to send PMs.


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Subject: RE: MUS REQ Amelia Earhart
From: Bill D
Date: 28 Jan 06 - 12:19 PM

wow....It sure is a small world! That must have been wonderful to hear him live! I am sure I saw that tape somewhere, though I don't know how long it is. I will dig for it, and let you know. Of course you can have a copy of anything I can find.


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Subject: Amelia Earhart (Red River Dave McEnery)^^^
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Jan 06 - 12:08 PM

AMELIA EARHART'S LAST FLIGHT
(Red River Dave McEnery)

A ship out on the ocean, just a speck against the sky,
Amelia Earhart flying that sad day;
With her partner, Captain Noonan, on the second of July
Her plane fell in the ocean, far away.

CHORUS:
There's a beautiful, beautiful field
Far away in a land that is fair.
Happy landings to you, Amelia Earhart
Farewell, first lady of the air.

She radioed position and she said that all was well,
Although the fuel within the tanks was low.
But they'd land on Howland Island and refuel her monoplane,
Then on their trip around the world they'd go.

Well, a half an hour later an SOS was heard,
The signal weak, but still her voice was brave.
Oh, in shark-infested waters her plane went down that night
In the blue Pacific to a watery grave.

Well, now you have heard my story of that awful tragedy,
We pray that she might fly home safe again.
Oh, in years to come though others blaze a trail across the sea,
We'll ne'er forget Amelia and her plane.
Chorus


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Subject: RE: Origins: Amelia Earhart (Red River Dave McEnery)
From: Bill D
Date: 29 Jan 06 - 12:25 PM

Well, a half an hour later an SOS was heard,
The signal weak, but still her voice was brave.
Oh, in shark-infested waters her plane went down that night
In the deep Pacific, to a watery grave.

(by the way, I found the tape...I will check it out and see about copying it this week)


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Subject: ADD: Ballad of Francis Gary Powers(Red River Dave)
From: GUEST
Date: 29 Jan 06 - 03:55 PM

BALLAD OF FRANCIS GARY POWERS
(Red River Dave)

In a lonesome prison cell in darkest Russia
There's a flyer, Francis Powers is his name
He was captured on a mission for his country
And he'll never see old glory wave again

CHORUS
When the clouds are hanging high above the Kremlin
And the moon beams, many happy memories bring
There's a star-spangled banner waving somewhere
That's the song the Russian jailors hear him sing

In a lonesome prison cell in Godless Russia
Where no Bible ever speaks his precious name
There's a boy who flew the U2 for his country
To make sure that no Pearl Harbor comes again

When the clouds are hanging high above the Kremlin
And the moonbeams, many happy memories brings
There's a star-spangled banner waving somewhere
Waving o'er the land of heroes brave and true

When the clouds are hanging high above the Kremlin
And the moonbeams, many happy memories bring
There's a star-spangled banner waving somewhere
That's the song the Russian jailors hear him sing


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Subject: RE: Origins: Amelia Earhart (Red River Dave McEnery)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 29 Jan 06 - 09:00 PM

I always enjoyed musing over the image of how others might "blaze a trail across the sea." Sometimes I'd see them out in the ocean with their little hatchets, hacking away at the waves.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Origins: Amelia Earhart (Red River Dave McEnery)
From: GUEST,Joe_F
Date: 29 Jan 06 - 09:14 PM

Charlie Noble: I hadn't noticed that %^). For further imagery that defies imagination, contemplate "Turning toward the Morning", "A Sailor's Prayer", and (especially) "Harriet Tubman".

--- Joe Fineman    joe_f@verizon.net

||: Rules, tomatoes, entertainment: homegrown is best. :||


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Subject: RE: Origins: Amelia Earhart (Red River Dave McEnery)
From: Charley Noble
Date: 30 Jan 06 - 01:18 PM

I think my favorite recording of this song was done by some friends of mine in Lansing, Michigan during the late 1970's. It was another all-women stringband, called themselves appropriately Bosom Buddies, and for this song they had a grand chorus of all their friends who worked at Elderly Instruments.

Cheerily,
Charley Noble


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Subject: RE: Origins: Amelia Earhart (Red River Dave McEne
From: open mike
Date: 30 Jan 06 - 05:38 PM

see the official Emilia site
which makes mention of a musical
based on her life..
http://www.ameliaearhart.com/home.php
and here is a museum in her home town
http://www.ameliaearhartmuseum.org/

and mre here on red river dave..
(beware -- page is very red)
http://members.tripod.com/~birdcastles/indexrrd.html


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Subject: RE: Origins: Amelia Earhart (Red River Dave McEnery)
From: GUEST
Date: 11 Oct 06 - 10:00 PM


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Subject: RE: Origins: Amelia Earhart (Red River Dave McEnery)
From: Gene
Date: 12 Oct 06 - 12:14 AM

Maybe some of the mudcatters have been aboard an alien spacecraft at one time or another visiting Earth from outer space in that time frame. I bet they could clear up this mystery.

Or maybe some have psychic powers, like on the TV shows, maybe old John Edwards or whatever his name is could talk to Amelia or Fred and help out too.


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Subject: RE: MUS REQ Amelia Earhart
From: GUEST,Colleen
Date: 31 Jul 09 - 07:53 PM

I would love the words to this; I know the tune, I just can't remember tnhe words. I used to hear this sung when I was a little kid. I won't say how long ago that was. :-)


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Subject: RE: MUS REQ Amelia Earhart
From: GUEST,Hootenanny
Date: 01 Aug 09 - 10:58 AM

Look about nine postings above your own and there they are.


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Subject: RE: MUS REQ Amelia Earhart
From: GUEST,Peter Laban
Date: 01 Aug 09 - 11:52 AM

Read here about Ian Matthews' band Plainsong and the recoding 'in search of Amelia Earheart' which includes Dave McEnerny's song and a few others set around the same flight.

This was the first that came to my mind, listened to that a lot in 1972.


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Subject: RE: MUS REQ Amelia Earhart
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 01 Aug 09 - 12:03 PM

An mp3 and more info:
Amelia Earhart


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Subject: RE: Origins:Amelia Earhart's Last Flight(Dave McEnery)
From: bobad
Date: 17 Dec 10 - 02:26 PM

Bones found on island may belong to Amelia Earhart

By Agence France-Presse
Friday, December 17th, 2010 -- 11:51 am

US aircraft history buffs are hopeful that tiny bones along with artefacts from the 1930s found on a remote Pacific island may reveal the fate of pioneering aviator Amelia Earhart.

In one of aviation's most enduring mysteries, Earhart took off from Lae, in what is now Papua New Guinea, while attempting to circumnavigate the globe via the equator in 1937 and was never seen again.

A massive search at the time failed to find the flyer and her navigator Fred Noonan, who were assumed to have died after ditching their Lockheed Electra aircraft in the ocean, according to the Amelia Earhart Museum.

Now aviation enthusiasts from US-based group The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR) say they have evidence suggesting the pair made it safely to Nikumaroro Island in Kiribati and lived as castaways.

TIGHAR executive director Rick Gillespie said the group, which has carried out 10 expeditions to Nikumaroro over the past 22 years, found three small bone fragments on the uninhabited island earlier this year.

Gillespie said the bones appeared to be part of a human finger, although they could also be from a turtle, and had been sent to the Molecular Science Laboratories at Oklahoma University for DNA analysis.

"We're very hopeful that this will produce the result we're looking for," he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation Thursday.

Backing Gillespie's theory that Earhart ended her days stranded on Nikumaroro, he said TIGHAR also found artefacts dating from the 1930s, including a woman's make-up compact, broken mirror and small US-made bottles.

"We have every reason to believe that this is the site where Amelia Earhart lived and died as a castaway," he said.

Gillespie said his decades-long quest to determine Earhart's fate had involved "many ups and downs", so he was not yet claiming to have definitive proof she washed up on Nikumaroro but the possibility was worth investigating.

"The magic of the Earhart mystery is such that just having a bone, that may be a human bone, that may lead to DNA that may turn out to match Earhart's DNA is of great interest," he said.

He said even if the Oklahoma DNA tests showed a link to Earhart, the bones would be tested by a second independent laboratory to verify the findings.

"This has been a very rigorous investigation," he said.


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Subject: RE: Origins:Amelia Earhart's Last Flight(Dave McEnery)
From: kendall
Date: 17 Dec 10 - 03:21 PM

I recorded this one many years ago. Always thought that verse about the fuel was a bit superfluous so never used it.

That mp3 sounds more like the Wabash Cannonball to me.


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Subject: RE: Origins:Amelia Earhart's Last Flight(Dave McEnery)
From: Sandy Mc Lean
Date: 17 Dec 10 - 06:21 PM

Kendall when I listen to that mp3 I must say that it does indeed sound like Wabash Cannonball. On YouTube there is a clip of Red River Dave singing it. The fact that it was the first song sung on commercial TV is a fascinating bit of trivia that I quote whenever I sing it in public..
Red River Dave McEnery


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Subject: RE: Origins:Amelia Earhart's Last Flight(Dave McEnery)
From: kendall
Date: 17 Dec 10 - 07:35 PM

It's ok, but I like my version better. Not a fan of over instrumentation.


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Subject: RE: Origins:Amelia Earhart's Last Flight(Dave McEnery)
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 17 Dec 10 - 09:22 PM

bobad - when I saw the thread I was planning to post info about the find - but your article has a lot more info than the one I found

sandra


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Subject: RE: Origins:Amelia Earhart's Last Flight(Dave McEnery)
From: GUEST,106MartinPicker
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 01:41 PM

The Post by "Jerry and Bev" dated 14 Apr. 99 posits that Dave McEnery wrote the song on the afternoon of July 2nd, 1937, the very day the accident occurred, and performed it that night with his band.

I have thought about the timing of the events, and I don't believe Red River Dave wrote the song on July 2nd as he claimed. First, I don't believe there was sufficient time or information available, (and I'll tell you why in detail a little later), and second, bear in mind that Red River Dave was first and foremost a showman. Like any other actor or performer, he wanted his name to be mentioned, and mentioned often. What better way to accomplish that end than to have his name linked with Amelia Earhart, arguably the most famous woman of her day?

I started researching Amelia Earhart on the Internet. While there is a lot of information available, the details concerning timing of events, especially as those events relate to time-of-day in the continental US are sparse and confusing.

The more I looked, the more confusing things became. So I decided to pose the question to an unimpeachable source, Ric Gillespie, the Executive Director of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR)… "The wonderful thing about TIGHARs is, TIGHARs are wonderful things…" My apologies to A. A. Milne and Ric Gillespie, but I just couldn't resist that quip… Ahem, on to the subject at hand.

TIGHAR has pursued the Amelia Earhart case for over 20 years. And they have done so with rigorous attention to logic and the fine points of forensic archeology. They are undoubtedly the most knowledgeable source of information on Amelia Earhart's disappearance.

On 7 Mar. 2011, I wrote to TIGHAR requesting information on the timing of events surrounding Earhart's disappearance, and when that information would have been available stateside. The following is the key excerpt from my letter to TIGHAR:
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"One poster in the Mudcat discussion thread (Jerry and Bev on 14 Apr. 99) noted that McEnery claimed to have written the song on the afternoon of July 2nd, 1937, the day the accident occurred, and performed it that night with his band. I am concerned with timing.

Earhart's last transmission was at 0843 local time in the Pacific somewhere near Howland Island. (times are also recorded as being GMT and GCT - very confusing). From what I read on your site Howland was in the same time zone as Hawaii. Hawaii is approximately 5 time zones west of Texas. So, If I did my time zone math correctly, Earhart's last transmission would have occurred in Texas at about 1400 Central Time.

Now to my question... How soon after Amelia was officially reported as lost did the news break in the continental US? Did Red River Dave really have enough time do what he claimed to do?"

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On 8 Mar. 2011, I received a response to my question from Ric Gillespie the Executive Director of TIGHAR. The entire text of Mr. Gillespie's response appears below:

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Hi James,

Fascinating question. I've long been familiar with Red River Dave's song (know it by heart) but I wasn't aware he claimed to have written it on the night of July 2nd.

Itasca's first notification to Coast Guard San Francisco Division that all was not well was sent at 10:15 AM local time aboard Itasca which was 1:45 PM in San Francisco.

"EARHART CONTACT 0742 REPORTED ONE HALF HOUR FUEL AND NO LAND FALL POSITION DOUBTFUL.
CONTACT 0646 REPORTED APPROXIMATELY ONE HUNDRED MILES FROM ITASCA BUT NO RELATIVE BEARING.
0843 REPORTED LINE OF POSITION 157 DASH 337 BUT NO REFERENCE POINT. PRESUME HOWLAND.
ESTIMATE 1200 FOR MAXIMUM TIME ALOFT AND IF NONARRIVAL BY THAT TIME WILL COMMENCE SEARCH NORTH WEST QUADRANT FROM HOWLAND AS MOST PROBABLE AREA.
SEA SMOOTH, VISIBILITY NINE, CEILING UNLIMITED.
UNDERSTAND SHE WILL FLOAT FOR LIMITED TIME.

It was not until 1:15 PM local time aboard Itasca (4:45 PM in San Francisco) that the word was official:
"EARHART UNREPORTED HOWLAND AT 1200
BELIEVE DOWN SHORTLY AFTER 0915 AM.
SEARCHING PROBABLE AREA AND WILL CONTINUE."

Media representatives were standing by at Coast Guard San Francisco Division so the word that Earhart was missing went out immediately and was included in the major radio networks' evening news broadcasts.

Let's look at Red River Dave's lyrics.

"Well a ship out on the ocean, just a speck against the sky Amelia Earhart flying sad that day With her partner, Captain Noonan, on the second of July Her plane fell in the ocean, far away."

This could have been written on the evening of July 2nd. (Although often quoted as you have it, the lyric was almost certainly "Amelia Earhart flying that sad day. Amelia was not sad. The day was sad.)

"She radioed position and said that all was well Although the fuel within the tanks was low But they'd land on Howland to refuel her monoplane Then on their trip around the World they'd go"

The information that she had radioed that her fuel was running low was not reported until July 4th, so that line could not have been written earlier than that date.

"Well a half an hour later an SOS was heard, Her signal weak, but still her voice was brave.
Oh, In shark-infested waters her plane went down that night In the blue Pacific to a watery grave."

This line also could not have been written on the night of July 2nd. The first reports that SOS calls had been heard from the plane did not appear in the press until the late editions of the July 3rd newspapers. The news that she was missing was first announced in the evening of July 2nd, creating the impression that "her plane went down that night" when, in fact, the disappearance occurred in the morning. For the first several days of the search, expectations were high that Earhart and Noonan would be rescued. The reference to a "watery grave" suggests that the stanza was written after the search was abandoned.

"Now you heard my story of that awful tragedy We pray that she might fly home safe again In years to come, though others blaze a trail across the sea, We'll ne'er forget Amelia and her plane."

This stanza holds out hope that she will "fly home safe again" but is not optimistic.

Red River Dave may well have conceived the song on the night of July 2nd but it was certainly not completed before July 5th and was probably completed some time after the search was abandoned on July 18th.

That was fun.

Thanks,

Ric Gillespie
Executive Director
TIGHAR
www.tighar.org

tigharic@mac.com


author of
"Finding Amelia - The True Story of the Earhart Disappearance"
Published by the Naval Institute Press, Annapolis, MD

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Given that Earhart was not officially reported missing until 4:45 PM Pacific Time, which would have been 6:45 PM Central Time in Texas (Red River Dave's location). It is chronologically impossible for McEnery to have written the song in the" afternoon" as it was already 45 minutes into "evening" in Texas.

Mr. Gillespie's scholarly dissection of the lyrics, and comparison of them to the ACTUAL timing of events, makes it very doubtful that Red River Dave did little more than conceptualize the song on the NIGHT (NOT afternoon) of July 2nd, 1937. And that in all probability, the song did not appear in its final form until two or three weeks later.

Give Red River Dave his due, he successfully liked his name forever with Amelia Earhart, even if only peripherally… And he wrote a great song to boot, but written on the 2nd of July it wasn't.

For those of you who have not visited the TIGHAR website to view their extensive information on Amelia Earhart, I strongly urge you to do so. The information, which takes about two hours to read through in its entirety, is utterly fascinating and worth every minute it takes to read it all.

A big T H A N K   Y O U! to Ric Gillespie for his help in answering this question.

James. W. Phillips
Avionics Repairman
US Army 70th Aviation Detachment
Korat Royal Thai Airbase 1969-70

And self-taught guitar-player and folksinger since 1965


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Subject: RE: Origins:Amelia Earhart's Last Flight(Dave McEnery)
From: johncharles
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 03:37 PM

Hi, been singing this song for about five years.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSpQ0xX-TQ4&feature=related
Nice to get more of the history.
john


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Subject: RE: Origins:Amelia Earhart's Last Flight(Dave McEnery)
From: Bev and Jerry
Date: 09 Mar 11 - 10:58 PM

For those of you who have never seen Red River Dave in person, he performed in gold lame boots and carried a trick rope with which he would lasso unsuspecting young ladies whenever the whim struck him. He drove a big Cadillac with steer horns mounted on the hood. To say he "was a showman" hardly does him justice.

We feel certain he would have said anything he thought would enhance is image whether it was true or not. That's why we chose our words carefully when we posted, "He *said* he wrote it on July 2, 1939, the day she disappeared."

Also, when we heard him sing this song it was probably in the late 1970s or early 1980s, about 40 years after the event. Unless his memory is a whole lot better than ours, he probably had no idea when he wrote the song.

Bev and Jerry


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Subject: RE: Origins:Amelia Earhart's Last Flight(Dave McEnery)
From: GUEST
Date: 12 Mar 11 - 09:57 PM

People have been correcting your date I guess without really noticing it. But if Red River Dave had really said he wrote it on "July 2, 1939" he had two years to think of it.


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Subject: RE: Origins:Amelia Earhart's Last Flight(Dave McEnery)
From: GUEST,henryp
Date: 13 Mar 11 - 08:43 AM

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/australasia/earharts-plane-found-ndash-with--bullion-aboard-2232965.html

Saturday, 5 March 2011; Now locals in Papua New Guinea (PNG), the pair's last stop before they vanished, claim to have found the wreck of Earhart's Lockheed Electra 10-E in 230ft of water, on a reef near Buka island, in the Bougainville region.

I feel a song coming on!


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Subject: RE: Origins:Amelia Earhart's Last Flight(Dave McEnery)
From: Art Thieme
Date: 13 Mar 11 - 04:45 PM

I think it's a great song when sung by anyone but Dave himself. I truly have a hard time with his attitude, voice and delivery.

Give a listen to Dave's song to little boy John John Kennedy after JFK's death. So much saccharine in there it'll give you cancer.

Art


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Subject: RE: Origins:Amelia Earhart's Last Flight(Dave McEnery)
From: Bev and Jerry
Date: 13 Mar 11 - 11:09 PM

Yes, of course, 1937. And we agree with Art - didn't care for his performance. After he had a smashing success with Amelia, he wrote many songs about the deaths of other famous people in an attempt to have another "hit". In addition to those already mentioned, he wrote songs about Bing Crosby and Sandra West who was killed in a car crash and was buried in a blue Ferrari in San Antonio, Texas.

Bev and Jerry


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Subject: RE: Origins:Amelia Earhart's Last Flight(Dave McEnery)
From: BK Lick
Date: 02 Jul 12 - 04:25 PM

Happy landings to you, Amelia Earhart!
Amelia Earhart's Last Flight, as rendered by Kinky Friedman


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Subject: RE: Origins:Amelia Earhart's Last Flight(Dave McEnery)
From: Cool Beans
Date: 02 Jul 12 - 04:58 PM

Red River Dave wrote many a song to commemorate events, not necessarily a death. I once received a press release from him that listed his then-recent songs, among them "The Pine-Tarred Bat," referring to accusations that slugger George Brett had used pine tar on his bat (for a better grip). Overseas 'Catters: This is about baseball in the US.


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