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Wednesday 23 January 2019

State of the Union - Wyoming

George writes:

.Two states covered, forty-nine to go. This week it’s the smallest in terms of population, second smallest in terms of population density, but tenth largest in terms of area. Wyoming, the state with more sheep than people, and, certainly in 2013, the state with only two escalators, located in city of Casper. Having scoured the internet (whilst watching Judge Judy) I could find no famous musicians from the state, no noteworthy people at all, really, and nothing else terribly interesting about it bar the information I gave above. Wyoming: lots of mountains,,some coal mines and loads of sheep. Welcome to USA’s very own version of Wales.


There is a famous film with a Wyoming connection, The Man From Laramie. Laramie is a small city in the state. James Stewart is the goodie in the film (isn’t he always?) and Arthur Kennedy the baddie. The theme tune was a big hit in the UK in 1955, sung by Thatcher-loving tory Jimmy Young, so there is no way on god’s planet you are getting that. Luckily, New Zealand’s version of The Shadows covered it in 1962 and it is well twangy, a fine song indeed. (Note to CC: there is far far too little twangy guitar music on these pages).

The Embers, for it is they, made two albums in the early 60s and a few singles, and this track is the B-side of one of them.

As I continued my research, post JJ, I got very excited……...there’s a city in Wyoming called Green River, and that is also a song by Creedence Clearwater Revival. RESULT!.....oh no…’s about a place in California, and the rules of the series  don’t allow me to use it in a piece about Wyoming. More research throws up Boxcar Willie, which in turn makes me throw up… hands in horror at the thought of inflicting the tune Cody, Wyoming on you. Can I stretch the rule to include famous landmarks so that I can include Devil’s Tower by Toto….of course not, and it’s total bobbins...but thankfully Roy Orbison comes to the rescue with a song from the early 1970s called Cheyenne, the state’s most populous city and the capitol. And it is a song about this city, so the rules are met.

Three down, forty seven to go, I have discovered that there are 50 states not 51.

Possibly more next  week.

CC writes :
I was just about to source Song of Wyoming by John Denver when I spotted a band called Map of Wyoming on the Blue Rose Collection Volume 8 . A narrow escape


  1. Apologies for the formating - a cut and paste job
    Looks alright on Blogger but a bit of a mess on the blog
    I'll try and tidy it up tonight

  2. By the way, Map Of Wyoming is disqualified, the song title does not include the name of the state or a town or city therein.

    1. Also means John Denver can't feature when we get to Colorado!

  3. Anything with Roy Orbison in can't be all bad. James McMurtry's "Lights of Cheyenne" is pretty good too

  4. Putting in a plug for Grand Teton National Park. Made it there a couple of years ago. Breathtaking. Ernie is right. Always time for some Roy.

  5. I was convinced there was a song called Why Oh Why Oh Wyoming, but all I can find is this, and it's not it...

    Other than that, all I can offer is that Wyoming is where the killing spree in Nebraska ends...

  6. Two old-timey hillbilly songs that everybody would hate, but you have to admit Wyoming is in the title:

    The Dixon Brothers - Back to My Wyoming Home
    Riley Puckett - Somewhere in Old Wyoming

    1. If I had discovered that Dixon Brothers track it would definitely have been included, hillbilly yodelling, what is not to like?

  7. Not exactly one of Roy's best.... Enjoying George's musings though