NBC: Ed McCurdy

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Renowned Folk Singer McCurdy Dies

NEW YORK (AP) -- Ed McCurdy, a leading 1950s folk music figure whose
songs were recorded by Johnny Cash, Arlo Guthrie and Joan Baez, has
died. He was 81.

McCurdy died March 23 in Halifax, Novia Scotia.

McCurdy, the son of a farmer, left his home in Willow Hill, Pa., for New
York and a singing career at age 18. After a failed bid at becoming a
Frank Sinatra-style nightclub singer, McCurdy turned to folk music
during the 1940s.

In 1950, he headlined a series of shows at New York's Village Vanguard
and released his first album, ''Ed McCurdy Sings Songs of the Canadian
Maritimes.'' He later signed a deal with Elektra Records, where he
collaborated with another influential folk singer, Ramblin' Jack
Elliott.

Eventually, his songs were recorded by a variety of artists that
included Cash, Guthrie, Baez, Pete Seeger, and Simon and Garfunkel.

After his music career waned, McCurdy moved to Nova Scotia in 1984 and
became a character actor on Canadian television dramas.



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