Song for My Father by Horace Silver

Horace Silver’s father emigrated from Cape Verde:

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Across the Border, sung by Linda Ronstadt, and Emmylou Harris

Across The Border. Performed by Linda Ronstadt – lead vocal, Emmylou Harris – harmony, from the Western Wall, Tucson Sessions album. With Neil Young – harmonica, Bernie Leadon – guitar/mandocello/vocal, Greg Leisz – steel guitar/bass/vocals, Andy Fairweather Low – guitar/vocals, Wix – accordion, Ethan Johns – drums. Song composed by Bruce Springsteen.

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Coalinga ‘Deportee’ Plane Crash Sparks Search, 65 Years Later

A simple, tarnished plaque marks the grave of 28 'deportees' who died in a plane crash near Coalinga in 1948

A simple, tarnished plaque marks the grave of 28 ‘deportees’ who died in a plane crash near Coalinga in 1948

Author Tim Z. Hernandez was digging through old newspapers at the Fresno County library when a dramatic headline from the late 1940s captured his attention.

“I stumbled upon this headline that said, ‘100 people see a ship plunge to the earth’ or something like that. It was just really a captivating headline. I instantly realized after reading it that it had to be tied into Woody Guthrie’s song,” says Hernandez.

The sky plane caught fire over Los Gatos Canyon/A fireball of lightning, and shook all our hills/Who are all these friends, all scattered like dry leaves?/ The radio says, “They are just deportees.”

Author Tim Z. Hernandez is leading the search for information about the crash victims

Author Tim Z. Hernandez is leading the search for information about the crash victims

That song is called ‘Deportee.’ The folk musician wrote the lyrics after hearing of a harrowing plane crash that occurred in Fresno County in 1948.

The plane, chartered by the U.S. Immigration Service, was transporting 28 Mexican nationals from Oakland to El Centro, near the U.S.-Mexican border.

The plane’s wing caught fire and broke off, scattering body parts through Los Gatos Canyon near Coalinga.
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