DEEP CUTS FROM 1971: ‘BANKS OF THE OHIO’- OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN

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Deep Cuts From 1971: ‘Banks Of The Ohio”- Olivia Newton-John. This 19th century murder ballad- was recorded by Olivia Newton -John for her second album-If Not For You. While it was a hit single in the UK reaching #6- it was a #1 hit in Australia- the single was a flop on the US Billboard Hot 100 only reaching #94. The author of the song is unknown. The song had been recorded numerous times before Olivia Newton-John covered it, by The Monroe Brothers and Joan Baez among many others. It was a popular song during the folk music revival of the late 1950’s-early 1960’s. In the song Willie- invites his young lover for a walk. He asks her to marry him but she rejects him. When they are alone on the river bank he kills the young woman. Growing up I spent a lot of time on the banks of the Ohio- my grandparents lived on the banks of the Ohio.

9 responses to “DEEP CUTS FROM 1971: ‘BANKS OF THE OHIO’- OLIVIA NEWTON-JOHN

    • I agree- her earlier stuff far superior to her late 70’s -80’s material where she must have been following bad management advice or something. The image change wasn’t a good one.

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