More than two months have elapse before The Guardian printed an obituary for the Danny Dill, the country performer and songwriter, whose best known song, Long Black Veil, composed with pianist Marijohn Wilkin, has become something of a standard, especially with country and folk performers.
When he set out to write what became his best-known song, Danny Dill, who has died aged 84, had it in mind to create “an instant folksong”, somewhat in the idiom of Burl Ives. He succeeded so well that many people, in the 50 years since it was written, have taken Long Black Veil to be just that: a page from the great authorless volume of traditional American folk balladry.
Johnny Cash and Joni Mitchell sing Dill and Wilkin’s Long Black Veil
(Johnny Cash TV Show – 1969-1971)