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The complete surviving tracks for the Alabama Ramblers. Additional information and lyrical excerpts follow the track listing, below. Track 1: Seasick Blues Track 2: Missing in Action / The Family Who Prays Track 3: Away from You / Canaan’s Land…

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The Alabama Ramblers, "The Seasick Blues." Composed by J. W. Hudson, Franklin Hampton, and Bob Grigsby. Vocals by J. W. Hudson and Bob Grigsby. “Right now we’d like to have a little more music, and we’re going to revive a song that J. W. Hudson and…

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The Alabama Ramblers, "Missing In Action" and "The Family Who Prays." Two popular songs of the Korean War years. "Missing in Action," written by Arthur Q. Smith and Helen Kaye, was recorded by Ernest Tubb in 1952 and covered my several country…

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The Alabama Ramblers, "Steel Guitar Rag" and "Open Door, Open Arms." Steel guitar and vocal by J. W. Hudson. “Open door, open arms wait for your safe return / Day and night there’s a light and a heart that will burn...”Recorded in Korea, circa 1952,…

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The Alabama Ramblers: "Gray-Haired Mother of Mine" and "Make Room in Your Heart for a Friend" “Back in my home in Alabama, where a gray-haired mother waits for me / Each night in my dreams I can see her, and it’s there that I’m longing to be...”…

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The Alabama Ramblers, "Waiting for a Letter." Vocals by the Hudson brothers. “Yearning for a message, one from you my dearest, please / I’m waiting for a letter, my poor aching heart to ease.”Recorded in Korea, circa 1952, by the Alabama Ramblers…

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The Alabama Ramblers, "Away from You" and "Where the Soul of Man Never Dies" (AKA "Canaan's Land"). Vocals by J. W. Hudson. “I’d like to send this song especially to my little niece, Shirley Ann. She seems to like it. And I’d also like to send it to…

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The Alabama Ramblers, "Writing Love Letters." Vocals by Bobby Jane Croley, "The Ramblers' Sweetheart." “I found I couldn’t mail them, so I burned them instead / I’m writing love letters that will never be read.”Recorded in Korea, circa 1952, by the…

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Recorded excerpt from a Mother's Day broadcast by the Alabama Ramblers. Includes a company member's original poem and a performance by Dale Casteel of "M-O-T-H-E-R (A Word That Means the World to Me)." Written in 1915 by Howard Johnson and Theodore…

Dale Casteel Transcript.pdf
Dale Casteel, interview with Burgin Mathews, recorded over the telephone, February 10, 2024. A founding member of the Alabama Ramblers, Casteel reflects on his time with that band, as well as on other musical experiences both before and after the…

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Newspaper photo and caption, Decatur[AL]Daily, October 2, 1951.Caption text reads: "RAMBLERS PERFORM--Anytime the 1343d engineer combat battalion of the Alabama National Guard runs a little short on entertainment, the call goes out for a command…

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Dale Casteel, a founding member of the Alabama Ramblers, a band of servicemembers stationed in Korea during the Korean War.Photograph courtesy Joyce Cook and Stephanie Hunter-Cook. To hear original recordings of the Alabama Ramblers and a 2024 with…

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Though the Alabama Ramblers never released a commercial album, a friend, admirer, or band member apparently created this "album cover" for the group, sometime after the war. The cover is now on display, along with the Ramblers' eight surviving…
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