Another member of the Limeliters was Lou Gottlieb. With the money he made in music, he bought land in Northern California & founded Morningstar Ranch, declaring it free land that anyone could live on. When the neighboring ranchers complained about all the hippies & drugs & tried to sue the owner, he deeded the land to God. In the subsequent court case the prosecution found themselves having to argue that God did not exist (at least as a legal entity that could own land).
This is an outtake from A Mighty Wind, isn’t it?
My parents had this LP. I grew up on the Limeliters, The Brothers Four, The Kingston Trio, and the Clancy Brothers.
Time to watch A Mighty Wind
E A Oe’s
The Limeliters were enormously popular in their time and still one of my favorites of the 60’s folk scene.
The song is included on Seeger’s “The Bitter and the Sweet” LP, also from 1962. (It was one of the records I took to college that year.) Hard to tell which performance came first–Pete’s was recorded live at The Bitter End. In an American Songwriter piece, Geoffrey Himes writes that the Limeliters’ version came out “a few months earlier.” The Encyclopedia.com entry on Seeger puts the Bitter End performance at 23 July 1962.