Wake Forest 27587 Magazine

Summer 2017

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Wake Forest 27587 Magazine | Summer 2017 11 activist whose "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" became the anti-war ballot of his generation. "So I took a hiatus," Loudermilk said of the remedy, in short a trip to England. The letter is just a small piece of the Loudermilk collection at the Louis Round Wilson Special Collections Library at UNC-Chapel Hill, Loudermilk's alma mater. It even includes a letter from Twiggy, the thin Sixties supermodel and face of the decade's "Mod" scene whose many film roles included a spot in the 1980 musical comedy The Blues Brothers, starring Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi as R&B musicians on "a mission from God" to raise money for an orphanage. It was a "thank you" for Loudermilk's sending her a copy of one of his records. "It was very thoughtful of you," she wrote. "Best wishes, Twiggy." By far, the thoughtfulness extended to his family, according to an Associated Press report in 1977. At the time, the Loudermilk clan — wife, Susan, and his sons, John Jr. then 19; Rick, 18; and Mike, 16 — would pack into the family trailer for excursions that took them to every state and several foreign countries. "My family is the most important thing to me," the then 42-year-old was quoted as saying. "It used not to be. One point when I was younger, Nashville was my playground, but as I grew older I realized that a family is all you have." Loudermilk, who was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Association's International Hall of Fame in 1976, died at his Tennessee home last year. He was 82. John D. Loudermilk (the "D" didn't stand for anything, according to The New York Times) first recorded "Tobacco Road" in 1960, a song picked up seemingly countless times by such groups as the British group with the American name, Nashville Teens (Top 10 UK in 1964); Jefferson Airplane and the Blue Magoos (1966), and Edgar Winter (1970). In the above photograph is future songwriter John D. Loudermilk, center and sporting a bow-tie, in his Durham High School yearbook. ➔ WILSON LIBRARY/UNC-CHAPEL HILL Loudermilk — who initially sang as "Johnny Dee" and later as "Ed Sneezer & His Epidemics" — signs autographs for young fans in this undated photo.

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