Saturday, January 10, 2009

William Zantzinger

William Zantzinger, made famous by Bob Dylan in his early song, The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll, has died aged 69. The song describes how Carroll, a black barmaid, died after being hit by Zantzinger's cane. According to reports Zantzinger didn't think the 51-year-old was serving him fast enough.

Dylan performed this song live ten times in 2008 so there's a good chance he'll sing it at one or other of the Dublin 2009 concerts. But with Dylan you never know - maybe he'll never sing it again.

This song, according to Christopher Ricks professor of poetry at Oxford University, is "one of Dylan's greatest" and "a perfect song". His article here.

Wikipedia article here:
Guardian report here.
Lyrics of the song here.

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