Sunday, April 29, 2012


Pretty Boy Floyd

Born in Georgia, raised in Oklahoma, Charles Arthur "Pretty Boy" Floyd robbed banks. His range through the 1930s was in the Midwest and south central states. Following the death of John Dillinger in July 1934, "Pretty Boy" (he hated his nickname) was named Public Enemy Number 1.

In October Floyd's life would end when he was killed in an Ohio apple orchard by the police; the FBI were also in on the chase, led by the legendary lawman Melvin Purvis. The outlaw was 30 years old. A fellow Oklahoman, Woody Guthrie, wrote a terrific song to Floyd, and another northern midwestern boy is singing it here.

Pretty Boy Floyd by Bob Dylan on Grooveshark