Thursday, February 7, 2008

Origin of song "Indian Reservation"

News & Observer [Raleigh, NC]
7 February 2008

True (?) story of a hit song

Barry Saunders, Staff Writer

John D. Loudermilk was ready to set the record straight, so he told me Wednesday that there never were four angry Cherokee Indians who pulled him from his car and pummeled and tortured him until he promised to write a song publicizing their pitiable plight.

It was a fascinating story, one that went out all over the world when the song "Indian Reservation" rose to No. 1 on the record charts and music chronicler Kasey Kasem told it on his syndicated radio show. [...]