Notes From The Balcony

Progressive Reflections on Post-Modern Living in a Multifaith Age

Bob Gibson – Saturday Night Music

Welcome to the New 12th Gate


Bob Gibson has been credited by many as being one of the greatest musical influences during the folk revival of the 1950’s and 1960’s. Gibson co-wrote such folk classics as “Abilene,” “Well, Well, Well,” and “You Can Tell The World.” His songs were recorded by many prominent folk artists, including Peter, Paul & Mary, the Kingston Trio, Glenn Yarbrough, Joan Baez and John Montgomery (Oh, that’s me!). Although Gibson’s influence has been felt throughout the folk music community, he never realized the fame that his achievements deserved.. Playing his Banjo or his familiar 12 String Guitar and singing with his unmistakable who was born in New York, but finally based in the 2nd City, Chicago, Gibson held forth at the famous Gate of Horn folk club. I’ve been there!

The Gate of Horn was a 100-seat folk music club, located in the basement of the Rice Hotel on the southeast corner of Chicago Avenue and Dearborn Street, on the near north side of Chicago, Illinois, in the 1950s-60s. It was opened by Albert Grossman. The Gate of Horn was also one of the clubs at which stand-up comedian Lenny Bruce played, in December 1962, before his arrest and trial for obscenity..

Tonight, we’ll start with two shorter song adapted and arranged by Gibson. These clips were recorded in 1963 qt the Gate of Horn. Those of you who know the Limelighters will recognize the original arrangement.

Your going to have to bear with me, as the embedding has been turned off for several of the clips we are sharing tonight. Click on the title to go to You-tube, then click your back arrow to return to our site.

I Come for to Sing/There’s a Meetin’ Here

More from 1963 – Gibson’s unique version of Frankie and Johnnie

Back in my folk singing days, those that I can remember, one of the most influential albums on my music was the unique collaboration between Gibson and Hamilton Camp – Gibson and Camp at the Gate of Horn.

Hamilton Camp was an English-born American singer, songwriter, and actor. Hamilton was always involved in music beginning at the Gate of Horn in Chicago in 1961. Although Gibson and Camp did not stay together long, they got together many times over the next three decades to reprise their early performances.

Camp was also a well known actor who you might remember as Leck, the Ferengi in Deep Space Nine.


The next two well-known songs were from that original recording, but these were recorded in 1987 on in Los Angelos for Art Fein’s Poker Party show. Well, Well, Well

This one is fun and quite true – Sing For The Song

I actually used to sing this song. It is here for the music, but the montage of civil war pictures is interesting. Civil War Trilogy.

Staying with the Civil War theme, This next song was written by Bob Gibson and Dave North for the play “The Courtship of Carl Sandburg,” This song of healing chronicles a profound moment in American history as the Civil War ends with Lee’s surrender and Lincoln proclaims, Let the Band Play Dixie. This performance was recorded in 1990 at the Old Town School of Folk Music during a benefit concert for Dave Guard. Again, please click the title to play.

Gibson died of a rare nerve disease in 1996. Camp died in 2005. Yet, the legacy lives on.



Gibson Wikipaedia

Gibson Official Site

Camp Official Site

Album Liner Notes – Gibson and Camp at the Gate of Horn


After the music, stick around for some small talk – comments on discussions are monitored, but anybody can leave a remark. Members can start discussions. If you are interested in becoming a member, contact the site administrator. Check out the discussions

Also, if you missed a past performance, go to the archive page for links to previous Saturday Night music pages at Center Stage.

I hope you have a great evening. Do come back often, we are always open!


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