Bob Connelly

Bob Connelly (c. 1936- ) is an American musician.

"Bob Connelly was born Irish Catholic in Boston in the 1930s. His family moved to Washington, DC in the 1940s when his father became President Harry S. Truman’s appointment secretary. The family then moved to New York. "By the end of the 1950s he [Connelly] was leading his own Dixieland jazz group, 'Irish' Bob Connelly and the Barrel House Five. He was also a rising folksinger, playing at such legendary venues as Basin Street East and the Village Gate and with such legendary figures as Coleman Hawkins and Odetta. He toured the country as a singer and cornet player and recorded four albums with his own folk group, the New Wine Singers. The group settled in Chicago and eventually opened up its own Old Town nightclub, the Rising Moon, in 1961. For a year and a half, before it was mysteriously torched, the Rising Moon was a popular joint, and Connelly was a popular guy. The club featured such eccentric decorations as a 13th-century Welsh Catholic altar and the balcony from the storied House of All Nations, a once-renowned Chicago whorehouse. A newspaper feature described Connelly's cornet playing and the scene at the Rising Moon: 'Connely's [sic] high and bleating notes drifted ever-upward with the haze of smoke, toward the darkened recesses of the ornate ceiling, hovering there, undying, like a living, breathing thing.' Connelly recorded a solo album with Folkways Records after being commissioned by Pete Seeger. It was called Yankee Go Home: Songs of Protest against American Imperialism. He recorded it in one day, using a borrowed guitar. That same day, Seeger was subpoenaed by the House Un-American Activities Committee. The next morning, Connelly was woken up by a call from Moses Asch, the head of Folkways. 'Mr. Connelly, Mo here,' Asch said. 'Have you heard the news or read the newspaper? I do not think the time is right to release an album about American imperialism.' 'Darn right,' Connelly said. Later, in 1977, Connelly was digging through the folk racks at Rose Records when he came upon his album, which Folkways had released after all. It was the first time he'd ever seen it."

—Neal Pollack, "Bob's Basement: Beer, Bourbon, and Buffs," Chicago Reader

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