Hootenanny Hoot was a movie from 1963 featuring Peter Breck and Ruta Lee. In an attempt to cash in on the growing folk music craze, the movie is about a big city producer who travels to the backwoods to put on a show about folk music. Not a whole lot of story but there is a love sub plot involved. Johnny Cash had the closing segment of the film with a breif song. Other artists include The Brothers Four, Chris Crosby,Joe & Eddie, Cathie Taylor, and The Gateway Trio. The movie also featured two songs by Judy Henske .
Judy Henske, born in 1936 in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, was once known as the Queen of the Beatniks. She had a minor hit with “High Flying Bird” and released several albums that are quite excellent. She was part of the Greenwich Village scene and I believe she is still somewhat active today. Anyway, she is a favorite of mine.
For whatever reason, this soundtrack omits Henske’s work (probably due to publishing issues). This is a real shame as they are some of the better moments in the movie. “Wade In the Water” , shown above,is performed excellently and is just visually stunning. “The Ballad of Little Rommie Wise” is also quite good. Anyway, I knew these songs were omitted from the album when I got this. I mean I can read, although sometime I choose not to. And at the very least, I always read the front cover (the back not so much).
Well, for the record, the Johnny Cash song did not make the album either. What we have left is a collection of songs used for the film as well as a handful of tunes by one Mark Dinning and Sheb Wooley used to supplement the soundtrack. The songs are quite good. Some of the better moments include the songs I will use as samples as well as “Frozen Logger” by Cathie Taylor.
There is also this silly moment from the movie, the song “Foolish Questions”. For some reason, this song stuck in my mind when buying the album.
For samples, I went with the theme song sung by Sheb Wooley and the rousing “There’s A Meeting Here Tonight” by Joe and Eddie. I felt these were both good tracks. I also included Mark Dinning’s take on “The Lost Highway” which if you recall was posted on the Hank Thompson album I did earlier this month. In comparison, I felt this version falls flat. There is none of the honky tonk sound that makes this song great.
Meh. There are some good songs on here but I am still reeling from the omission of the Henske tunes.