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I Wonder as I WanderThe Life of John Jacob Niles$
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Ron Pen

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125978

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125978.001.0001

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Do Not Go Gentle

Do Not Go Gentle

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I Wonder as I Wander
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RON PEN

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813125978.003.0015

On April 28, 1976, Johnnie Niles celebrated his 75th birthday at the University of Kentucky's Agricultural Science Auditorium. He trilled out the familiar opening line of “Black Is The Color.” For the past 35 years, he had performed that song on stages across the world, a song that he had sung in public 5000 times. While Niles was entertaining the audience, thieves were searching for his unpublished manuscripts. Niles knew that the thieves must have known him very well, because they knew where he lived and where the manuscripts were kept. The mystifying theft of Niles's songs and poetry was never solved.

Keywords:   birthday, song, thieves, manuscript, unsolved

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