HISTORY IN MUSIC’-“THE LONESOME DEATH OF HATTIE CARROLL”- BOB DYLAN

William Zantzinger

 

History in Music- ‘The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll” -Bob Dylan. It is Bob’s 78th birthday and I thought I’d pick out one of his ‘historical’ songs and this is the one that immediately came to mind.  Bob Dylan wrote this song in October 1963- and it was released on his 1964 album The Times They a-Changin’ in 1964. The song tells the story of a 51 year old African American barmaid Hattie Carroll who was killed by a 24 year old named William Zantzinger in Charles County, Maryland in early 1963.  The song deals with the racial injustice of the era- Zantzinger got off with a six month sentence in the county jail for assault. Dylan was in his folk period at this time and writing protest songs.  Zandzinger died in 2009 at that age of 69.

Attached an article from The Guardian on the case- and the song.

https://www.theguardian.com/music/2005/feb/25/bobdylan

 

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2 responses to “HISTORY IN MUSIC’-“THE LONESOME DEATH OF HATTIE CARROLL”- BOB DYLAN

  1. Hans I remember how affected I was when I heard this on, “Biograph” for the first time. I’m sure I cried at the end. Just finished reading The Guardian/Mother Jones investigative article and love how the reporter went to where the story is to write it properly. This is what quality journalism is all about. It was also unbiased reporting, allowing the reader to reach their own conclusions. The fact that Zantziger’s sentencing being on the same day as MLK Jr.’s “I have a Dream” speech in D.C. is beyond freaky. I hope that a special place in hell was reserved for the killer, whose life was the epitomy of evil and exploitive actions. Thank you for posting choice today.

    • That song has always stuck with me also- from the first time I heard it. I remember reading that article a while back and thought that would certainly be the best way to report on it. Thank you.

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