The Trail of the Lonesome Pine

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1937 saw the release of Laurel and Hardy's comedy western 'Way Out West ', [ Stan and Olly have to deliver a deed to a gold mine to Mary Roberts, but they end up giving it to the wrong person and have to get it back ]During the film there was 2 musical moments, the first, when the boys are outside the saloon, is performed by the Avalon boys singing 'at the ball that's all '. The Avalon boys were Walter Trask, Don Brookins, Art Green and a young Chill Wills [ who later became famous as playing the cowboy in many films ].As the quartet are singing Stan & Olly do a little dance routine.

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Once inside the saloon and after the deed to the gold mine is handed over the best musical part of the film happens.The song 'The trail of the Lonesome Pine ' begins, Ollie begins  singing, Stan joins in but sings in a deep voice so Ollie borrows a wooden mallet from the bartender and hits him over the head, thus Stan's voice changes from very deep to really high. Stan's deep voice was sung by Chill Wills and the high voice was by Rosina Lawrence.

In the seventies the song was released in England on vinyl and reached number 2 in the charts, held off number 1 by queen's bohemian rhapsody.

Rosina Lawrence with Laurel and Hardy Chill Wills

Rosina Lawrence

Chill Wills

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Lyrics to 'On The Trail of The Lonesome Pine'

On a mountain in Virginia stands a lonesome pine

just below is the cabin home of a little girl of mine

her name is June and very , very soon ,She'll belong to me

for  I know she's waiting there for me 'neath that lone pine tree

In the blue ridge mountains of Virginia on the trail of the lonesome pine

in the pale moonshine our hearts entwine

where she carved her name and I carved mine

O'h June , like the mountains I'm blue

like the pine I'm lonesome for you

In the blue ridge mountains of Virginia

on the trail of the lonesome pine

Words by Ballard Macdonald / Music by Harry Carroll

(c) 1913 Shapiro Bernstein & Co

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