Tuesday, April 2, 2024



"Jackson" was first recorded by The Kingston Trio in 1963. Written by Jerry Leiber and Billy Edd Wheeler. Although Jerry Leiber co-wrote this song, his wife Gaby Rogers got the writing credit. For a list of cover versions see Second Hand Songs.

This version is from the album "Sunday Afternoon" by Reid and Bobbi Northrup and the New Arkansas Travelers, issued by Tarot Recordings. Recorded at Vibra-Sound Studio in Schenectady, Upstate New York. Date unknown (circa 1970?)

Joe Sixpack has excellently reviewed that album :
A charmingly rough-edged (yet ambitious) set of regional twang by a husband-wife duo who were active in the Northwestern country music scene. The Northrups were from East Berne, New York (near Schenectady) and performed with various backing bands for many years in the late '60s and early '70s, most notably this group, the New Arkansas Travelers. [...]
As far as I know, this was their only album, but it's a doozy. It opens with a gloriously flawed rendition of "Jackson," where both singers flub their delivery, and seem to forget the lyrics while their hotshot guitarist keeps the hot licks coming. [...] All in all, a fine example of "real people" regional twang, with some lively, committed performances, particularly my Bobbi Northrup, who combined a mousy little voice with a wicked, Wanda Jackson-style snarl. Fun stuff!
Born in 1939, Bobbi Northrup was the daughter of Clarence "Pee Wee" Overbaugh, a popular area musician, who passed away in 1945, at the age of 34. He sang and played tenor banjo with the Arkansas Cowboys band (who were from Schenectady, not Arkansas).

Roberta "Bobbi" Overbaugh Northrup, 76, passed away on August 1, 2015, at her home in Converse, Texas. She lived in Berne and Altamont most of her life, moving to Converse when her husband passed away. Bobbi and Reid opened Heldeberg Appliance in East Berne and later moved the business to Altamont. She was trained as a bookkeeper, and also managed the concessions for the Altamont Fair for a number of years.

Reid Northrup retired and moved to Florida, where he passed away in December, 2000.


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