The thread with "Jack Johnson" in the title reminded me of growing up in Iowa and listening late-night Fridays to Beaker Street with Clyde Clifford on claer-channel KAAY - Little Rock. He would play stuff like the Jaime Brockett classic "Legend of the Titanic" and Arlo Guthrie's "Alice's Restaurant" and others of this genre when radio stations allowed more than 5 minutes of continuous programming.
I know there were quite a number of other "songs" like this but memory of the titles escape me for various and sundry (mostly sundry) reasons. What were a few others, please?
Rockvirgo: "Leader of the Pack" - The Shangri-Las (they had others like this too, but I don't know that I'd put any of the girl-group melodramas in the thread-head's outlined catagory, much as I love 'em).
Marty Robbins: "Gunfighter Songs and Trail Ballads". A 1960 Grammy Award winner available in excellent remastered sound from Columbia/Legacy (Sony). "El Paso" was the hit single from this American music masterpiece.
Got to go with Theduke too, I was just a little kid but my Dad played Marty Robbins all the time. How about Johnny Cash's Ring of Fire? Patti Page's Tennessee Waltz. Dylan's Ballad of Hollis Brown and Boots of Spanish leather.