Friday Five: The O.K. Corral
On this day way back in 1881 in Tombstone, Arizona, outlaw cowboys Billy Clanton, Tom McLaury and his brother Frank McLaury were shot and killed by opposing lawmen Virgil Earp and his brothers Morgan and Wyatt Earp, along with temporary deputy Doc Holliday. It would eventually be known as the Gunfight at O.K. Corral. The real story of who instigated the shootout will probably never be known. More than a dozen movies have been filmed about the lawless town and famous killing. Here are five songs that pay tribute to the Old West’s most famous story.
5. Johnny Cash – “The Ballad of Boot Hill”
Written by Carl Perkins, this tune was on Cash’s 1965 album, Sings the Ballads of the True West.
4. Johnny Cash – “The Legend of Wyatt Earp”
Johnny Cash sings the opening credits for the 1994 film Wyatt Earp–Return to Tombstone starring Hugh O’Brien.
3. Frankie Laine – “Gunfight at the O.K. Corral”
Laine sung the opening song and title track from the 1957 movie of the same name starring Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas.
2. Bobby Barnett – “Wyatt Earp”
Barnett covered this and many other Old West stories; this one can be found on American Heroes & Western Legends.
1. Hank Williams, Jr. – “Doc Holliday”
Pre-beard, Bocephus released this back in 1965 on his Ballads of the Hills and Plains album.
- Paul W Dennis: Tom T & Dixie Hall are good people and I wish them all the best through this difficult time
- Paul W Dennis: Actually , it is not. We have so thoroughly debased our language that it is no longer possible to praise …
- Leeann Ward: Sheesh, Paul, that's a random/strange dig!
- Jack Williams: After reading that New Yorker article, I canceled my pre-order of the Basement Tapes box set. I love Bob …
- Leeann Ward: Wow! How terrible for Dixie Hall and Tom.
- Ken Morton, Jr.: Another twisted collection of songs to put into the Friday Five Hall of Fame, Juli.
- Arlene: I'd have included "Omie Wise." Doc Watson's is the version I'm familiar with but I think it's been recorded by …
- luckyoldsun: I think the number one country murder ballad is "Frankie and Johnny"--by Jimmie. Also, how about "Delia's Gone" from Harry Belafonte …
- Juli Thanki: Colloquial use of "fantastic" as a synonym for "excellent" dates back to the 1930s. And if it's good enough for …
- Paul W Dennis: I think "Banks of The Ohio", "Miller's Cave" and "It's Nothing to Me" are far creepier than several of the …