Wednesday, February 25, 2015
Solitary Singer - 1951
Terry (Ted) Gilkyson was an ex-Air Force PAO type and had this show where he'd tell stories of American history through folk music. AFRTS was experimenting with producing entertainment programming on a limited budget. This worked well.
Terry was a performer/songwriter. If you ever heard the Easyriders version of "MaryAnn" you heard Terry's biggest song. He also wrote "Memories are Made of This", which was huge for Dean Martin.
By the 1960s, he was working for Disney studios. Among other things, wrote "Bare Necessities" in Jungle Book.
We Lost Terry in 1999.