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A List of Songs Concerning John Dillinger

Publication Date: July 1970

Sheet Music and Copyright Lead Sheets

"The Death of John Dillinger." Words by Frank Carlisle. Music by Al Arnstram. Copyrighted and published September 13, 1934, by Hillbilly Publications, Milwaukee. Copyright registration number: E pub 43804. LC call number: M1659.5.D57A.

"Dillinger." Words and music by Joe Hoover. Copyright May 28, 1934, by Joe Davis, Inc. Copyright registration number: E unp 88140.

"Dillinger’s Doom." Words, music, and copyright by Norwood Clayton Tew, Durham, N.C., August 11, 1934. Copyright registration number: E unp 91545. LC call number: M1630.2.T.

"Dillinger’s Fate." Music by Jack Mahoney. Words and copyright by Betty Boswell, Neola, W.Va., January 25, 1935. Copyright registration number: E unp 98772.

"Dillinger’s Warning." Arranged by Paul Gray. Written and copyrighted by Jimmie Walker, Indianapolis, August 11, 1934. Copyright registration number: E unp 91533.

"The Fate of John Dillinger." Words, music, and copyright by Valentine Mrozinski, Auburn, Mich., August 30, 1934. Copyright registration number: E unp 92365.

"John Dillinger." Words by Cliff Grey, Lancaster, Pa., and music by Rieley Lausch, Lititz, Pa. Copyright by Grey and Lausch, August 10, 1934. Copyright registration number: E unp 43221. LC call number: M1659.5.D57D.

Published and copyrighted by M.M. Cole, Chicago, September 13, 1934. Copyright registration number: E pub 44126. LC call number: M1659.5D57D.

"John Dillinger." Words, music, and copyright by Forest Herbert, Poland, Ind., August 16, 1934. Copyright registration number: E unp 92273.

Published and copyrighted by Forest Herbert, December 31, 1934. Copyright registration number: E pub 45965. LC call number: M1659.5.D57D.

"John Dillinger." Music by Dorothy Hardy. Words and copyright by H. Robinson Vaughan, Victoria, Va., September 5, 1934. Copyright registration number: E unp 92641. LC call number: M1659.5.D57H.

Published and copyrighted by H.R. Vaughan, December 28, 1934. Copyright registration number: E pub 46203. LC call number: M 1659.5.D57H.

"John Dillinger’s Fate." Words by Lawrence Pitzer, music by H. Dobbins. Copyright by Pitzer and Dobbins, Portsmouth, Ohio, August 4, 1934. E unp 91375. LC Call Number: M 1659.5.D57D.

Published and copyrighted by Robbins Music Corp., November 16, 1934. E pub 44814. LC Call Number: M 1659.5.D57D.

"John Dillinger’s Fate." Written and copyrighted by Chas. Joder and Jos. Runyan, Gary, Ind., March 1, 1935. E unp 100386. LC Call Number: M1630.2.R.

"Killer John Dillinger." Written and copyrighted by Bob Miller, New York, July 24, 1934. E unp 91430. LC Call Number: M1630.2.M.

"The Life and Fate of John Dillinger." Written and copyrighted by Hershel K. Deckard. E unp 92170. LC Call Number: M1659.5.D57D.

Commercial Recordings

"John Dillinger." Sung by Joe Smith [Bob Miller?]. Recorded May 28, 1934, New York City. Released on Bluebird 5522.

"Outlaw John Dillinger." Sung by the Frank Luther Trio. Recorded July 26, 1934, New York City. Release October 1934 on Oriole 8364, Romeo 5364, etc.

Field Recordings in the Archive of Folk Culture

AFS 5033A2: "John Dillinger." Sung with guitar by Frank Lankas. Recorded June 16, 1941, in Gardenville, New York, by Charles Todd and Robert Sonkin. Fieldnotes describe this as an "original song."

 

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