Erik Darling

Erik Darling

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Erik Darling
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Erik Darling (September 25, 1933 – August 3, 2008) born in Baltimore, Maryland. Darling was an American songwriter and a folk music artist becoming an important influence on the folk scene in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Inspiration came from the folk music group The Weavers in the '50s; wherein, he formed The Tunetellers, later evolving into The Tarriers with actor/singer Alan Arkin and Bob Carey. Together with Vince Martin, The Tarriers had a hit with 'Cindy, Oh Cindy' in 1956. As well, their version of the "Banana Boat Song" reached #4 on the Billboard charts in 1957.

In April 1958 Darling replaced Pete Seeger in The Weavers, although he continued working club dates with the Tarriers until November 1959.

Darling also recorded three solo albums. His second solo effort, "True Religion" for Vanguard in 1961 was influential on younger folkies of the day. Darling left the Weavers in June 1962 to work as a soloist on the emerging coffeehouse circuit.

In the Summer of 62, he formed a jazz-folk trio, The Rooftop Singers, with longtime friend Bill Svanoe and jazz singer Lynn Taylor. Intended as a studio-only project for Vanguard, the group landed an unexpected number one pop hit with the song "Walk Right In." The song was an updated and uptempo version of a 1920s Gus Cannon folk blues song, "Walk Right In". The record became the most successful in Vanguard's history. The group differed markedly from The Weavers and most of the popular folk trios of the era, being far more influenced by blues and jazz, as well as less profoundly earnest in its political sensibilities.

After The Rooftop Singers disbanded in 1967, Darling continued his individual path, recording solo albums for Elektra Records and Vanguard Records, and appearing as a session player on countless folk selections. He later formed a songwriting partnership with Patricia Street, the final female lead in his erstwhile group (Rooftop Singers), and they performed and recorded together throughout the 70s as Darling And Street. A respected musician, Erik Darling's contribution to the development of traditional American folk should not be under-emphasized.
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Erik Darling Discography

Albums

M 987, 110 Ed McCurdy, Erik Darling, Alan Arkin Ed McCurdy, Erik Darling, Alan Arkin - When Dalliance Was In Flower (Album) Elektra M 987, 110 US 1956 Sell This Version
TLP 1018 The Kossoy Sisters With Additional Banjo And Guitar Accompaniments By Erik Darling The Kossoy Sisters With Additional Banjo And Guitar Accompaniments By Erik Darling - Bowling Green And Other Folk Songs From The Southern Mountains (Album) Tradition TLP 1018 US 1956 Sell This Version
RLP 12-630 Oscar Brand With Erik Darling Oscar Brand With Erik Darling - American Drinking Songs(LP) Riverside Records RLP 12-630 US 1956 Sell This Version
EKL-112 Ed McCurdy, Erik Darling Ed McCurdy, Erik Darling - Songs Of The Old West (Album) Elektra EKL-112 US 1957 Sell This Version
EKL-154 Erik Darling Erik Darling (Album) Elektra EKL-154 US 1958 Sell This Version
FC 7028 Unknown Artist Directed And Accompanied By Pete Seeger And Erik Darling And The Song Swappers Unknown Artist Directed And Accompanied By Pete Seeger And Erik Darling And The Song Swappers - Camp Songs (With 6 To 11 Year Olds)(10", Album) Folkways Records FC 7028 US 1959 Sell This Version
FN2524 Malvina Reynolds Accompanied By Erik Darling Malvina Reynolds Accompanied By Erik Darling - Another County Heard From(LP, Album, Mono) Folkways Records FN2524 US 1960 Sell This Version
VRS 9100 The Weavers ; Lee Hays, Fred Hellerman, Ronnie Gilbert And Erik Darling The Weavers ; Lee Hays, Fred Hellerman, Ronnie Gilbert And Erik Darling - The Weavers' Almanac Vanguard VRS 9100 US 1961 Sell This Version
VRS-9099 Erik Darling True Religion And Other Blues, Ballads And Folksongs(LP, Album, Mono) Vanguard VRS-9099 US 1961 Sell This Version
VRS-9131 Erik Darling Train Time(LP, Album, Mono) Vanguard VRS-9131 US 1963 Sell This Version
CD 329 Eric Darling* Instrumental Music And Songs Of The Southern Appalachians(CD, Album, RE) Legacy International CD 329 US 1994 Sell This Version
EKL-170, M 990, 170 Ed McCurdy, Erik Darling Ed McCurdy, Erik Darling - Son Of Dalliance(LP, Album, Mono, RP) Elektra, Elektra, Elektra EKL-170, M 990, 170 US Unknown Sell This Version
OL-6173 Eric Darling* Banjo Music Of The Southern Appalachians(LP) Olympic Records (4) OL-6173 US Unknown Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

FE 1417PR Erik Darling & Border Town Erik Darling & Border Town - Southwestern Country Music(CD, Maxi, Promo) Aztec Corp. FE 1417PR US 1994 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

FE1417 D Erik Darling & Border Town Erik Darling & Border Town - Border Town At Midnight(CD) Folk Era Records FE1417 D US 1994 Sell This Version

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