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Do Not Go Gentle

RON PEN

in I Wonder as I Wander

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780813125978
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135564 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813125978.003.0015
Do Not Go Gentle

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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 While Niles was entertaining the audience, thieves were searching for his unpublished manuscripts.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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Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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