When I first planned to post the "Lizzie Borden" song by Michael Brown, I had intended to use the popular recording by the Chad Mitchell Trio, which they did in the early 1960s. But when I found that video of the original production of New Faces where the song was from, there's no way I couldn't use that.
And there's no way I can't use this.
This is the Chad Mitchell Trio singing "Lizzie Borden." But it's not their 1960s recording -- it's the three original members from just three years ago, in 2010! And even more than that, the video is a double treat: this is an impromptu performance they gave of the song at the actual Lizzie Borden Museum. (It's officially the Lizzie Borden Bed and Breakfast Museum. We'll let slide a moment that there is a Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast. I suppose it helps pay the bills for the museum.)
In 1965, Chad Mitchell left the group to pursue a solo career. He was replaced by a young fellow named John Denver, and the group became known as The Mitchell Trio. There were various other personnel changes -- including adding Jim McGuinn, who later changed his name to Roger, and was one of the founding members of The Byrds. In the late '80s, the original three members did a few reunion concerts with John Denver. And then in 2005, the three original singers reunited for a folk concert that included Tom Paxton and the Kingston Trio. And The Chad Mitchell Trio (remarkably) has been performing together on-and-off ever since.
And as you'll see and hear, they're still in terrific voice. That's Chad Mitchell in the center, surrounded by Mike Kobluk on our left, and Joe Frazier. And this is the version that had been released as a single way back when...
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