“The Death of Mother Jones” Remembered by Gene Autry

Mother Jones died on this day in 1930.

Here is Gene Autry, the iconic singing cowboy and singer of seemingly endless Christmas songs for children, from Frosty the Snowman down to Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer, singing a labor protest song to celebrate Mary Harris “Mother” Jones, American labor organizer and co-founder of the Industrial Workers of The World. This might seem strange, but the Maddox Brothers and Rose recorded a song against the Taft-Hartley Act and an early, if not the first, recording of “We Shall Overcome” was by a country-and-western singer on the staff of the CIO’s Operation Dixie.

(H/t Gene at Harry’s Place.)

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