Dorsey Murdock Dixon (14 October 1897 - 17 April 1968) - Guitar, Vocals
Howard Dixon (19 June 1903 - 24 March 1961) - Steel Guitar
Dorsey Dixon and his younger brother Howard were born in the South Carolina mill town of Darlington. They both worked in the mills after leaving school. After returning to the mills, following a spell on the railroads during world war one, Dorsey had started to learn the guitar and violin. With his brother, also a guitar player, he formed a duet playing at local functions around Rockingham, South Carolina. Dorsey wrote songs inspired by tragic subjects, his first The School House Fire recalled a disaster which took place in Cleveland, South Carolina in 1923, in which 76 children died. The Dixon brother's songs typically carry a strong moral message and nowhere is this more evident than in their recording of Down with the Old Canoe which was made in Charlotte, North Carolina on 25 January 1938.
Listen to Down with the Old Canoe, recorded by Bluebird, 25 January 1938 (Real Audio®) 2:11
It was 25 years ago when the wings of death came low
Sailing out to win her fame, the Titanic was her name,
This great ship was built by man, that is why she could not stand;
Your Titanic sails today, on life's sea you're far away,
Samples, Source Material and Transfers
Down with the Old Canoe, Bluebird, 25 January 1938 (B-7449)
This rare 1938 recording is included courtesy of Joe Showler, from the CD Titanic Songs, TSCD 22798, Unsinkable Music, Toronto 1998.
Mike Paris (1973) The Dixons of South Carolina, Old Time Music, 10, p.13