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Iron Curtain Has Parted, The: Don Windle [1953]

This song about American military men released from 'Red' imprisonment was waxed by Don Windle after Nashville producer Bill Beasley told him he needed a topical song recorded quickly. Beasley's motivation was to cash in on an unfolding international incident: The Russians had seized U.S. servicemen and Beasley wanted to release the song as soon as the soldiers were freed. Beasley brought in top people for the session including Tommy Jackson on fiddle. The flipside of this single was I Want You Too.

Don Windle was born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama in 1932, but spent most of his childhood and teenage years in Mobile. Windle started playing school dances when he was 16 and attended the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 1950 where he was a DJ. After college Windle joined the army where he played with Faron Young who was fronting a service band. When Young left the army, Windle took over the band and recorded for recruiting drives. Windle left the service in 1955. In 1956 he convinced Steve Sholes to sign him to RCA Victor. Sholes signed him with the instruction that he get in touch with Chet Atkins when he felt he was ready to record. Windle jumped the gun and went to Nashville before he was truly prepared to record. He got one more chance with RCA Victor in 1958, but nothing came of it and Sholes terminated his contract. Windle returned to Mobile in 1959 and worked on WKPG-TV's 'Alabama Jubilee' with Don Davis. In addition to 'Jubilee' he also worked the nightclubs and DJ'd. Windle quit the music business in the '60s and worked as a salesman. He became a music teacher in 1972 and continues to teach.
LYRICS/TRANSCRIPTION:
Iron Curtain Has Parted, The: Don Windle [1953]

A big silvery plane headiní homeward
The six powerful engines they roared
But they could not be heard for the shouting
For prisoners of war were aboard

At last theyíve been given their freedom
That they had longed for so long
And as they came in for a landing
Each man in his heart sang this song

Thank God the Iron Curtain has parted
And I am a prisoner no more
I now can enjoy home and freedom
That never meant so much before
And when Iím home with my loved ones
ĎTwill surely be Heaven to me
Iíll pray for the boys left behind me
ĎTill each motherís son is set free

They all had been prisoners together
The Reds had been cruel, itís true
They had suffered from pain and from hunger
Their days had been lonesome and blue

Thank God the Iron Curtain has parted
And I am a prisoner no more
I now can enjoy home and freedom
That never meant so much before
And when Iím home with my loved ones
ĎTwill surely be Heaven to me
Iíll pray for the boys left behind me
Till each motherís son is set free

Don Windle [1953]
The Iron Curtain Has Parted
(Jimmy Rule)
Republic 7045

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