Folk Music Advocate Lomax Dead at 87

Musicologist and folk music scholar Alan Lomax died Friday (July 19). He was 87. With his father, John Avery Lomax, he helped establish the Archive of Folksong at the Library of Congress. His radio shows introduced audiences nationwide to the music of Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly, Aunt Molly Jackson, Josh White, the Golden Gate Quartet, Burl Ives and Pete Seeger. A tireless researcher and collector of songs, he recorded Muddy Waters in 1942 during a field trip to Mississippi. With his father, Lomax wrote and published important folksong collections including American Ballads and Folksongs, Negro Folk Songs as Sung by Leadbelly and Cowboy Songs. His nephew, John Lomax III, is a noted country music journalist and artist manager whose clients have included Townes Van Zandt and Steve Earle. Funeral services for Lomax will be held at 5 p.m. ET Tuesday (July 23) at Vinson Funeral Home in Tarpon Springs, Fla. A New York memorial service will be announced later. In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations be made to: The Blues Music Foundation for the Willie Moore Fund, c/o Experience Music Project, 2901 Third Ave., Seattle, WA 98121. 07/19/02