“I think it might have been ‘Bimbo’ by Jim Reeves.
No, actually, I think it was ’16 Tons’ by Ernie Ford. Yeah, I think that was it. It was 1956, and I was in Miles City, Montana. It was on Capitol Records with that purple logo and the Capitol Building. I think that would have been it. It was so impressionistic – it took me to swamps and everyplace else.
I didn’t realize that there was a whole genre of folk songs that weren’t really folk songs.”